CLEAR PATH EARLY Diabetes Detection Eye Exam
· Diabetes is the leading cause of permanent blindness in patients under the age of 75.
· With more than 7 million British citizens living with pre-diabetes and nearly 90% of them are unaware of it.
· Doctors are urging patients to be screened for early risk detection.
· Early detection combined with proper intervention can lower visual complications caused by diabetes by up to 76%.
· NO OTHER TEST CAN IDENTIFY MORE ACCURATELY!
Don’t worry, with our new technology, we are able to detect diabetes 7 years ahead, through your left eye we are able to detect specific crystals which show glucose traces.
Everyone with diabetes who is 12 years of age or over should receive a retinal examination once a year as part of the NHS’s retinal screening programme. If you are concerned that you may be developing retinopathy, check for retinopathy symptoms and see your GP.
Ask your GP or healthy centre if you have not received an invitation to have a retinopathy screening appointment.
The optician will take a photo of your retina.
To do this they will need to clearly see into as much of the back of your eye as possible.
To enable them, to do this they will give you eye drops which will expand your pupils. It may take up to 20 minutes for the pupils to get large enough.
The eye drops can sting a bit so just be ready. Try to keep your eyes open as best you can to avoid having to having to have additional attempts.
The fluid needs to cover the centre of your eye to make your pupils larger.
When your pupils are sufficiently expanded the optician will sit you down in front of a machine which will take the photograph of the retina in each of your eyes.
Your eyes must be fully open for a good photograph to be achieved. Be aware that it may take a few attempts to get the photograph just right.
As well as taking a retinal photo, you will also have your sight measured.
If you wear glasses, bring these with you to the appointment. It is also advisable to bring sunglasses with you to help on the way home. When your pupils expand, lights will become brighter.
Even crossing the road or driving can be quite difficult with dilated (expanded) pupils so it’s well worth taking sunglasses with you. It is not advisable to drive until your pupils have returned to their normal size.
The photographs need to be examined in detail to be able to advise on the condition of your retina. Some opticians may give you a rough idea on the day but you should not expect them to. You will receive the results of your screening by letter.
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