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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Eye camera helps ease pressure on Kimberley diabetes epidemic

Date posted: 27 August 2013

A new digital retinal screening camera is increasing the chances of early detection for any eye problems among diabetes patients in the West Kimberley. Acting CEO of Broome Aboriginal Medical Services, Henry Councillor, says visiting eye specialists used to fly in and spend time a lot of their time screening, rather than treating patients. ‘The specialists visits from Perth to Broome were about three times a year....in that time we would have more people than anticipated. In a two week span, you didn't really get a lot done.' With the new camera hundreds of patients can be screened before the specialists arrive.

Mr Councillor says it's often difficult to explain why eye health is a priority. In some cases, diabetes patients can go blind overnight; but eye problems are often an overlooked affect of the condition. ‘Our goal here is to prevent people from being hospitalised, prevent people from going onto dialysis machines, and hopefully having a healthier life and a longer life.'

Source: ABC News

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