Why should we consider offering TeleRetinal Diabetes Wellness Screening services at our medical center?
According to the the American Diabetes Association, did you know that 26 million Americans have Diabetes? Did you know that there are more than 79 million Americans with pre-diabetes? Did you know that 10.9 million or almost 27% of the population 65 y/o and over had Diabetes in the year 2010?
One of the major eye diseases that can lead to permanent blindness is known as Diabetic Retinopathy. Close to 26 million people in the United States now have Type 2 Diabetes, with Diabetic Retinopathy as the most common complication resulting from diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is occurring at younger ages now with many suggesting that it is due to current lifestyle, eating habits and heredity. This group is at risk for developing Diabetic Retinopathy during their lifetime.
The highest rates of diabetes are found in Native Americans and Alaska Natives, with 16.5 % affected. Additional diabetic groups include 12% of Black American, 10% of Hispanic American, 7.5% Asian American and 6.6% White American(reported by CDC).
The ability to utilize current technology to conduct retinal eye screenings at remote sites for the early detection, diagnosis, treatment and follow up of Diabetic Retinopathy can help reduce complications leading to the loss of quality of sight or blindness.
Certain technology including high resolution Retinal Fundus camera screening equipment and specialized grading software is available today. This technology can aid in the collection of retinal images from which Eye Care Specialists can quickly assess, grade and report on retinal eye conditions.
Additional eye related conditions that can be detected using this technology include Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Nevus and Hypertension.