The South Riverdale Community Health Centre at 955 Queen St. E. offers the Diabetes Eye Screening Program free in more than 10 locations to help people with diabetes have their eyes screened.
“Many people are unaware of the progressive and silent disease which could potentially destroy their vision and even result in blindness,” said Hamid Moghimi, a practical nurse at the centre.
Currently, diabetes is the number one cause of preventable blindness in Canada.
Retinal screening can prevent blindness in up to 90 per cent of those affected by retinopathy, a complication of diabetes, if it is detected and treated in a timely manner. If you have diabetes and you haven’t had an eye exam that includes dilation of your pupils in the past 12 months, consult your family physician or nurse practitioner for a referral. If you do not have OHIP coverage, you can still be screened.
Moghimi said that the program shortens months-long wait times to provide people with the opportunity to have advanced retinal screening.
For more information, call or visit South Riverdale Community Health Centre at visit https://www.eyescreening.ca