January 2017 meeting - Essex Eye Screening Service

January 2017 meeting - Essex Eye Screening Service

The Essex Diabetic Eye Screening Services gave an excellent talk on retinopathy to our members at our January meeting.

Lorraine Lockwood explained the up take for retinal eye screening has improved in recent months; young men are still the most likely category not to attend their appointment. Lorraine went onto introduce her colleague Eva Kiycheva, who is a senior eye screener and grader, to the group.

Eva explained the anatomy of the eye.  Eva explained the different stages of retinopathy and also provided pictures showing each stage of eye damage.  Those people who are diagnosed as having background retinopathy are not referred onto a hospital. All other retinopathy diagnoses are referred onto an ophthalmic specialist at a hospital.  The ophthalmologist has more specialist equipment and is able to assess the treatment required to stop the progression of the retinopathy.   The patient is told at each stage to tighten the control of their diabetes as this helps prevent the advancement of the disease. 

In most severe cases eyesight is totally lost.  Diabetes is however no longer the major caused of blindness in the working age population of this country.  Further information can be found at http://www.essexdesp.co.uk