Diabetes is general health condition that
can cause potential blindness. Routine retinal phtoscreening
can reduce that risk. To learn more about Diabetes we recommend
visiting the Diabetes
New Zealand Website.
A systematic retinal screening service was
established in the Wellington, Hutt Valley and the Wairarapa
districts in December 2001 for people known to have diabetes.
Initially under WIPA (Wellington Independent Practitioners
Association), this program is now under Compass Health.
The screening is provided by accredited optometrists working
in the community and is free to patients.
At Clear Vision Optometrists our optometrist Jayesh is accredited
with Compass Health to provide this free service.
||Asses the condition of the retina
||Detect eye pathology
||Grade and report clinical findings
||Refer to the hospital’s Ophthalmology Department
if required; and
||Report the results back to the patients’ referring
You may need your pupils dilated. This may
affect your vision and it is recommended not to drive for
3-4 hours after the screening appointment.
To receive this service you need to be referred to Clear Vision
Optometrists from your G.P., Diabetic Nurse or Diabetic Specialist.
Once the referral is received an appointment will be arranged
for you. Under Compass Health guidelines we will endeavour
to see you within 90 days upon receiving the referral. You
may be contacted by phone and/or an appointment letter will
Follow up appointments will vary depending on your retinal
photoscreening results. This will be discussed at your appointment
with the optometrist.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate
to contact us.