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Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

What We Do

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.

Get Involved

You will participate in discussions approximately once a month pertaining to research projects and strategic goals of the Network. You can also get involved in a research team! Researchers need your feedback to make sure research projects are relevant for people living with diabetes.

Our Team

Michael Brent

MD, FRCSC

Debbie Sissmore

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