Two minutes with…our diabetic eye screening team
What is the role of your team?
We are a team of 20 screeners who care for patients with diabetes by measuring their vision and taking photographs of the back of their eyes. The photographs are checked and graded to see if there are any sight-threatening changes.
Tell us about a typical day
Up to 50 patients are seen at our clinics every day across our hospital and community sites. We greet patients, ask a few general questions, measure their vision and put eye drops in to make their pupils dilate. The back of the eyes are then photographed using a special camera. Once the images are graded, the results letters are produced and sent out within two to three weeks. If diabetic eye changes are detected, a patient is referred to their local hospital for monitoring or treatment.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing about the job is being able to detect changes before they cause harm to a patient's sight. As a team, we manage to screen around 80% of the diabetic population in south east London and are always striving to do more to get those that don’t attend to come to their appointments.