Diabetes is one of the most common causes of blindness in people of working age in the United Kingdom and Western Europe. Despite this, early detection can significantly reduce the rate of impairment or even prevent it.
Eye screening checks for diabetic retinopathy, which is a complication of diabetes that is caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye (retina). This can lead to a loss of sight if not detected early and promptly treated. Everyone aged 12 and over with diabetes receives an invitation to screen once a year, with an appointment which takes around 30 minutes.
The screening service is available for all diabetic patients within Doncaster, Bassetlaw and the Dearne Valley. Diabetic patients that are known to us are automatically referred to this service.
The service was set up in March 2003 at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, starting with just two specialist nurses and has since grown to a team of 16, boasting six specialist cameras available at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Montagu Hospital, Retford Hospital, the Vermuyden Centre and most recently Bassetlaw Hospital.
Contact the team:
01302 642596 or 642597
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