University Eye Center Offers Retinal Disease Detection Service
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults in the United States. Early detection through retinal exams and prompt treatment can reduce vision loss by as much as 90%. Despite this potential for saving sight, many patients with diabetes don't get recommended annual retinal exams.
The Digital Health Clinic is an Internet-based diabetic retinal disease detection service that UC Berkeley''s Optometric Eye Center provides to medical clinics throughout California. The Digital Health Clinic provides professional diagnostic consults through EyePACS, a clinical communication system that has been used successfully for clinical consults in diverse clinical settings. By providing near real-time interpretation of retinal images, clinicians at UC Berkeley specifically trained in diabetic retinopathy detection can provide:
- Detection and referral of patients with sight-threatening diabetic eye disease at the time of their primary care visit;
- Training, certification, and quality assurance for retinal reading; and
- Education for patients and providers with actual patient images.
To learn more about the beneficial impact of the services provided by Digital Health Clinic, watch this 6-minute video.
Contacts and Information
This program was made possible by the support of the California Health Care Foundation. Read more at Expanding Access To Diabetic Retinopathy Screening.
Visit www.eyepacs.org for more information about EyePACS.