By Adrian Galbreth
The vision of many UK patients with diabetes is potentially being put at risk due to gaps in hospitals' screening programmes, it has emerged.
According to Roger McPherson, a consultant ophthalmologist at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, there are inconsistencies in the way in which diabetes sufferers throughout the country are being screened for retinopathy, which is a major symptom of type 1 diabetes.
He told Wales Online that some people are being referred to him far too late for their sight to be saved, including one woman who was just 19 years old
"There's no system in place for them to be transferred and it can be years before someone realises they haven't been screened. A lot of these people are falling through the gaps, which is very concerning," Dr McPherson explained.
Dr William Trattler, an ophthalmologist at the Center for Excellence in Eye Care in Miami, Florida, recently told American Profile that regular eye screening is essential for detecting diabetic retinopathy and other leading causes of blindness.
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