First Author: S.Zachariah UK
Co Author(s): W. Wykes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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To study the utility of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in selecting patients for secondary referral from a photography based diabetic screening program
Clinic based observational study within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde diabetic retinopathy screening program
Patients whose fundus images that were selected for secondary referral based on the screening algorithm were subjected to OCT of the macula to look for macular oedema with the aim of referral to secondary clinics
116 patients were identified by the screening program over a 6 month period for secondary referral. Of these 31 patients (27%) showed macular oedema warranting a referral.
OCT screening significantly reduced the number of patients requiring follow up in secondary care. This intervention has the potential to reduce the clinical load in secondary clinics.