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Oxfordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Service (ODESS)

The Oxfordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Service (ODESS) was launched in January 2006, to provide a systematic digital diabetic eye screening service for all diagnosed people with diabetes in Oxfordshire.

Screening patients for diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the most commonly described complication of diabetes and it is the leading cause of blindness in the working age population in the western world. Screening for diabetic retinopathy has been shown to be effective in preventing significant visual impairment as well as being cost-effective.

The Oxfordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Service uses both optometrists and GP surgeries for screening.

Patients are sent a letter asking them to contact one of the contracted optometrists or to call the ODESS office to book an appointment.

Young people under the care of Dr Edge for their diabetes care will be screened at their annual review clinic; those patients not under Dr Edge will be invited to attend for screening.

Pregnant women are screened each trimester in the Silver Star Clinic, again on the third Monday of the month.

All images are transferred to the ODESS office based at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Patients, and their GP, should receive the results of their screening within six weeks of their screening appointment.

If you have no retinopathy or background retinopathy you will be invited to attend for diabetic eye screening the following year. However, if you have maculopathy, pre-proliferative Retinopathy or proliferative retinopathy you will be referred to the Oxford Eye Hospital for further investigations by an ophthalmologist.

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