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Nov 20, 2008

The Leeson Eye Institute to fund Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme


A private eye clinic, The Leeson Eye Institute, is to fund and provide screening for Diabetic Retinopathy as the Health Service Executive (HSE) has failed to implement its own programme due to finding cuts...
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A private eye clinic, The Leeson Eye Institute, is to fund and provide screening for Diabetic Retinopathy as the Health Service Executive (HSE) has failed to implement its own programme due to finding cuts. The first stage of a national screening programme to detect retinopathy, a serious eye condition caused by diabetes, was approved in 2007 for patients in the HSE West region but the programme has been scrapped for two years running because of budget deficits.

The Leeson Eye Institute will initially provide a mobile Telescreening service to GP's in the north-east region. This new intelligent software application allows GP's at remote locations to diagnose patients and direct referrals for treatment.

The Ardbryan Eye Clinic in Drogheda will be the first clinic to use the software. Dr Joe Murphy GP will work with Mr John Fenton FRCSI Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with the Leeson Eye Institute. Mr Fenton trained in retinal and diabetic surgery in New Orleans with Professor G. Peyman, an internationally recognised expert on diabetic laser eye surgery.

Having diabetes does not mean that a person will have eye problems, but it is important that regular eye examinations are carried out to ensure that any potential problems are diagnosed early. Sight loss from diabetes can usually be prevented if retinopathy is diagnosed and treated early.

Further Information

If you are a General Practitioner or an Optometrist and would like further information on Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy and the mobile diabetic telescreening unit, telephone 01.6674778 or email info@laservision.ie