Telehealth screening may save sight

About 2000 veterans underwent diabetic retinal screening using non-mydriatic retinal cameras operated by nurses in primary care clinics, with photographs read remotely by specialists.

A visually significant condition was detected for the first time in 44% of patients.

A quarter of all patients were referred for ophthalmic examinations, 43% for diabetic retinopathy, 30% for nerve-related disease and 6% for diabetic macular oedema.

Teleretinal screening was 90% accurate in diagnosing visual conditions overall.

Many ocular conditions were both progressive and treatable so this form of screening