Diabetic retinopathy screening camps are slightly different from other health camps. Diabetic retinopathy camps are specifically conducted for the diabetic population. The social workers identify the diabetic patients through various sources and give them appointment for the camps. In diabetic retinopathy camps only the known diabetics are screened as against the other health camps where the general populations are screened.
80% of the diabetics are affected by diabetic retinopathy and hence DRP camps are a boon to the villagers, where all diabetic prone patients undergo intensive screening and complete dilated eye examination. Research says that, 90% of this disease can be easily avoided if monitored regularly.
Patient Registration: With support from the camp sponsors, local volunteers (mostly students from schools and colleges) record the patient’s details like name, age and address in the camp Proforma. Camp patients are then given identity cards.
Vision Check: Patients who are registered undergo a screening by the Retina Center Social Worker. Vision charts such as the Snellen and E type charts are used for screening.
Slit Lamp Examination: A slit lamp examination is also carried out on patients at the camp. The slit lamp is a microscope with a light attached that allows examining the eye under high magnification. The optometrist will examine the eyes.
Dilation: Dilation enlarges the size of the pupil and makes the pupil non- reactive when bright light is shown into the eye. Common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract and other eye diseases are detected after dilation.
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