More about the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program

More about the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program

Co-Investigators: 

Marie Carole Boucher, Melanie Campbell, Varun Chaudhary, Alan Cruess, Sherif El Defrawy, Mahyar Etminan, Bernard Hurley, Stephen Kosar, Jason Noble, Chris Rudnisky, Tom Sheidow,

More Goals

Determine the cost-effectiveness of Tele-retina screening
Consult with people living with diabetes to learn the barriers and enablers to diabetic retinopathy screening from the perspective of vulnerable populations
Identify and engage individuals at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy to start preventative screening
Identify and engage individuals at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy to start preventative screening

Identify and engage individuals at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy to start preventative screening
Diabetes Canada recommends that all people living with diabetes receive a special eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist every 1-2 years; more frequently for high-risk individuals. Recent data shows only 60% of people living with diabetes have an eye examination, resulting in thousands of Canadians suffering a loss of sight.  Using provincial administrative databases and the National Diabetes Repository, we plan to identify those living with diabetes who have not received an eye exam in over two years.  We then plan to engage these individuals through their community health centres or primary care practitioner and invite them to a Tele-retina screening site for diabetic retinopathy checkup.  By directly contacting these individuals we can improve patient awareness of diabetic retinopathy, increase screening rates and prevent vision loss.


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