Screening for diabetic retinopathy

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7042.1362a (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1362
  1. Bob Ryder
  1. Consultant physician Diabetic Unit, City Hospital, Birmingham B18 7QH

    EDITOR,—J M Mason and colleagues state that the performance of high street optometrists in the Department of Health's study of screening for diabetic retinopathy was poorer than that of general practitioners and that this is surprising.1 A tabulation that I have done of the results from that and other studies shows that the rate of detection of sight threatening diabetic retinopathy by high street optometrists and general practitioners when they use direct ophthalmoscopy alone is similar: the rate for general practitioners was …

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