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Diabetic Eye Screening 2018 Posted on 23 Jan 2018

 

 

 

Retinal Screening will call for our patients around February/March time.

This will take place in the New Balllymena Health and Care Centre.

Around 87,000 people (and increasing) in Northern Ireland have been diagnosed with diabetes. That's approximately 1 in every 22 people. 

Diabetic eye screening is currently offered every year to patients aged 12 years and over. The only exception is people who have no light perception in either eye.

The aim of screening is to reduce the possible complications of diabetic retinopathy, which can cause sight loss and blindness. It is among the most common causes of blindness in people of working age.

If retinopathy is identified early - for example through screening - and treated appropriately, sight loss can be prevented in the majority of people with diabetes.

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