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GPs in south London have direct access to screening service

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7014.1229c (Published 04 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1229
  1. Shirley Smith
  1. Principal physiologist Diabetes Day Centre, Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital Trust, London SE1 7EH

    EDITOR,--Bob Ryder encourages those engaged in screening for diabetic retinopathy to use both of the two main methods of retinal examination: direct ophthalmoscopy and retinal photography.1 Photography has the advantage of providing a permanent record so that progression of retinopathy can readily be monitored, and if Polaroid prints are used they can be shown to the patient to indicate the importance of the eye test. Ophthalmoscopy can detect smaller lesions, can be used to check the peripheral retina, and can be …

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