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Have you heard they're changing annual retinal screening to every 2 years?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by dancer, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. dancer

    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This is in Scotland anyway.
    I received an e-mail from My Diabetes My Way saying they are making this change, except for people at low risk.

    I wonder how they decide who's at low risk of retinopathy, especially when well controlled diabetics can still get it.
     
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  2. Ronancastled

    Ronancastled Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Threre was 13 months between my last one, only lost 1 month cause of Covid.
    Ireland btw.
     
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  3. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you really mean at low risk or more often for those at high risk?

    I know in England they changed free eye tests to every 2 years, so this does seem like a natural progression.
     
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  4. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I know I just got my letter to go to my eye screening, my previous one was a year ago, though admittedly I do have background retinopathy and have had for donkeys years and maculopathy seems to come and go so I may count as higher risk.

    Though I have had to ask a friend to drive me there (him and his wife are my support bubble so we can do that - does mean he'll have to organise work for that afternoon though so he doesn't have any meetings), cos otherwise I just couldn't get there

    Edit: I'm in England
     
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  5. dancer

    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I did mean annually for people at high risk.
     
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  6. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Mine was done a few weeks ago. Bit of background but hopefully now my bloods are so much better it will improve

    I have to be taken, it's impossible for me to drive after, so light sensitive.
     
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  7. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Mine is due but no appointment yet. I will chase up this week on top of 3 other appointments late for 3 at home. Luckily little ones thyroid test came back in line for his age, this time.
    I'm still awaiting a MRI for extremely painful gallbladder area. Luckily surgeon has told me he will remove it if specialised MRI shows why a 'thick' gallbladder on scan. Thank god for codeine.
    Wishing all high risk members a successful next eye screening. All low members reassurance. :)
     
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  8. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Here in the Netherlands it's been once every 2 years for all diabetics for years, except for high risk patients with a history of problems.
     
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    Larissima Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm, mine was due in April but was cancelled due to lockdown - and not rescheduled yet. Maybe this is why!
     
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  11. dancer

    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    They said it's because of scientific reports saying every 2 years was ok for low risk diabetics, but coincidentally it's one way of getting rid of the backlog. I haven't had any diabetic checks since December 2019. I wonder if video appointments will help that backlog.
     
  12. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't think they could do a retinal scan remotely.
     
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  13. dancer

    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Obvously, but neither do they do Hba1c and other diabetic checks remotely. Many diabetics have had blood tests followed by virtual meetings with their doctor but others haven't.
     
  14. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was going by the title of the thread. As a type 2 I probably have a different perspective as I never see a doctor, virtually or otherwise, about my diabetes. I had my retinal screening last week, albeit 9 months late. Maybe the results letter will mention the time to the next scan.
     
  15. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I was due mine in November but not heard anything yet - perhaps that explains it
     
  16. MarkHaZ123

    MarkHaZ123 · Well-Known Member

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    Just recently had mine done. It was about a year and half between my first and second due to covid.
    I had a slight change in my eyes so would rather get seen yearly for that reason so let's see what happens
     
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  17. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    To follow up, my results came back all clear as they were last time. The letter says my next scan will be January 2022, so there isn't a two year gap in my case.
     
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  18. Mrs T 123

    Mrs T 123 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I had mine done in November 2020 (it was 8 months late in getting done) anyhow letter said it was fine and I would be seen again in a year's time so ... wait and see I guess ...
     
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