“I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after.”
– Oscar Wilde

Out of mind, out of sight: Diabetic Retinopathy

What’s the issue? While every diabetic is at risk of developing retinopathy and is therefore regularly advised to go in for eye exams, there currently exists a major compliance issue.  Patients just don’t seem to follow up with an eye doctor. It’s unclear whether this is due to a physiological barrier (not wanting to learn that they are losing their eye sight), or merely the inconvenience of booking a separate appointment.

What can be done? Recently several manufacturers of ophthalmic equipment have been pushing a solution to this issue. They want to put screening devices in the offices of GPs and endocrinologists. With this in place a family doctor could do the retinal test in their own office, eliminating the compliance issue. The new system would involve using telemedicine in which a retinal photograph is taken by the doctor or technician and then sent to an eye doctor for further examination.

Is this really happening? There is already reimbursement in place for this procedure. This idea is very attractive to ophthalmic device manufacturers because the potential market is huge.

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