Diabetes can cause many eye problems but a major cause of blindness is a condition known as diabetic retinopathy in which the blood vessels at the back of the eye become damaged due to high sugar levels or high blood pressure.
Every diabetic over 12 years of age is invited every year to have a special photograph taken of the the back or the eye or retina. If any problems are found, treatment can be arranged to stop them from getting worse.
Retinal Screening involves the taking of a high quality photograph of the retina (the visual layer at the back of the eye) taken on a special fundus camera to ensure a high quality image.
Patients have some eye drops administered to enlarge the pupil prior to photography thus allowing a maximum amount of light to fall onto the retina and to be reflected back onto the lens of a camera.
For more information on diabetic retinopathy, visit the DiabeteSuffolk website.
The screening service in Suffolk is run by a company called Health Intelligence. They also do the screening in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Great Yarmouth & Waveney, North Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk.
To change an appointment or speak to someone about the screening process, ring the Bookings Office on 01284 848418 (Mondays – Friday 8am–8pm and Saturday 8am-12pm). Alternatively patients can email firstname.lastname@example.org..
The programme website has been revamped, www.eadesp.co.uk, but still contains lots of information that can help inform patients, has a list of screening venues and patients can quickly and easily feedback and interact with the programme
There are also new social media pages, which will keep patients up to date with the programme:
East Anglia Diabetic Eye Screening Programme
Hillside Business Park
Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 848418
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