Retasure: Now Your General Practitioner Can Look Deep Into Your Eyes

| Sep 1, 2007

Diabetic retinopathy, a condition in which bleeding inside the eye causes damage to the retina, is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults. Early treatment is key to keeping you from that dark path.

Nevertheless, fewer than half of all people with diabetes take the time to consult an ophthalmologist for an annual retina check. So Retasure has developed a machine that allows a general practitioner to check the status of your retinas in only five minutes. The device is relatively new to the United States, but worldwide more than 600 installations are already at work.

Called a fundus camera, the Retasure device takes a picture of the inner eye, showing the blood vessels, nerves, macula, retina, and optic nerve. That picture is then transmitted via a dedicated computer from your GP's office to an ophthalmologist at an accredited reading center. The results are returned within 72 hours.

If the picture shows problems, then your GP refers you to a local ophthalmologist. If everything is as it should be, however, you're safe for another year. The exam is covered by Medicare and most health plans, so it can cost as little as twenty dollars a pop.

Source: Retasure

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Posted by Anonymous on 3 September 2008

Yeah; and I can watch a video on surgery and perform one without any credentials. A primary care physician allowing a simple photo to make a judgement for the overall status of a patient's ocular health. Let's see; dialating a pupil without performing a microscopic evaluation of structures so to not precipitate an attack of angle-closure glaucoma. This is mind boggling; allowing duplication of services and expense to patient's and insurance so that practice revenues are generated.

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