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Author Burns-Cox, C. J. ♦ Hart, J. C.
Source British Medical Journal (The BMJ)
Content type Text
Publisher British Medical Journal Publishing Group
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Language English
Abstract Diabetes mellitus is a major cause of blindness in England and Wales in those aged between 30 and 64. Photocoagulation can frequently prevent blindness provided the retinopathy is detected at an appropriate stage but unfortunately the benefits are small if the changes are advanced. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy by regular examination is needed. We have shown that ophthalmic opticians have the skill to detect retinal changes at a treatable stage. Out of 844 eye checks, 80 were reported by ophthalmic opticians to justify referral to an ophthalmologist and 20 of these required photocoagulation treatment. Of a sample of 197 patients rechecked by an ophthalmologist reported by ophthalmic opticians not to justify referral, only one needed treatment. With local agreement this system of detecting retinopathy could be easily applied anywhere in the United Kingdom. No extra personnel or facilities are needed.
Description Citation Reference: British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Ed.)
ISSN 02670623
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1985-04-06
e-ISSN 14685833
Journal British Medical Journal (The BMJ)
Volume Number 290
Issue Number 6474
Page Count 3
Starting Page 1052
Ending Page 1054


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Source: British Medical Journal (The BMJ)