Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 295--298

Screening for diabetic retinopathy: The first telemedicine approach in a primary care setting in Bahrain


Ebtisam Al Alawi1, Ahmed Abdulla Ahmed2 
1 Department of Ophthalmology, Salmanya Medical Complex, Manama, Bahrain
2 Dr. Ahmed Eye Clinic, Manama, Bahrain

Correspondence Address:
Ebtisam Al Alawi
Department of Ophthalmology, Salmanya Medical Complex, PO Box 12, Manama
Bahrain

Purpose: To develop an integrated diabetic retinopathy screening program that uses telemedicine. Materials and Methods: In this evaluation of diagnostic technology, six telemedical screening units were established to cover all regions of Bahrain. The units were equipped with a digital fundus camera at the primary health care clinic. Fundus photographs were transmitted via the Internet to a centralized reading center. A retinal specialist at the reading center assessed the images. Results: From 2003 to 2009, 17,490 diabetic patients were screened. Of the screened patients, 20% were diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. Of these cases, 31% required treatment. Conclusion: Telemedicine-based screening program is a feasible and efficient means of detecting diabetic retinopathy and providing treatment.


How to cite this article:
Al Alawi E, Ahmed AA. Screening for diabetic retinopathy: The first telemedicine approach in a primary care setting in Bahrain.Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol 2012;19:295-298


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Al Alawi E, Ahmed AA. Screening for diabetic retinopathy: The first telemedicine approach in a primary care setting in Bahrain. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Dec 6 ];19:295-298
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