The future of preventive eye care.
Retinal imaging with analysis
to prevent blindness caused by diabetes.
Diabetes can cause permanent damage to your sight which could ultimately lead to blindness. Thankfully, with regular checkups at our screening centres, we could diagnose and treat the effects of this silent disease before it's too late.
How it works:
Your steps in preventing blindness.
Select your closest Oxia DM screening centre and arrange a booking for a diabetic screening photograph. These appointments are at affordable medical aid rates.
At no additional cost, at the same screening test point, you can also be checked for other common diseases that are leading causes of blindness, such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and tumours of the eye.
Visit your Screening Centre.
Get your Retina Photographed with our high-res Fundus Camera.
At the Oxia DM screening centre a camera technician will take photographs of your eyes using the fundus camera. The photographs are securely uploaded to Oxia DM’s cloud-based software (input) where the images are stored. Once they are stored, they will be ready for analysis.
Receive a Pre-Diagnosis Report within seconds.
While you wait, our computer assisted algorithms will review the fundus images taken of your eyes. In this review, your image will be screened for diabetic retinopathy without the need for eye specialist visits or eye dilation.
Should the system be alerted (output) to any diabetic conditions, then you will be referred to an ophthalmologist for further screening, diagnosis and treatment.
Within seconds a remotely located ophthalmologist will also review the photographs taken for more intensive scrutiny.
More on fundus camera screening.
Did you know?
Diabetic retinopathy or diabetic eye disease, is a medical condition whereby damage occurs to the retina due to diabetes mellitus. It is the leading cause of blindness in developed countries. Because diabetic retinopathy is a condition with potentially harmful effects to your eyesight, it needs to be managed with regular check-ups.
Fundus photography captures considerably larger areas of the fundus and has the advantage of photo documentation for future reference, as well as availing the image to be examined by a specialist at another location or time. In this way, your progression can be monitored. Our screening centres utilise a Fundus Camera; a super specialised camera equipped with high-resolution flash-photography. This allows for one of the only ways to observe arteries and veins in the body without being invasive. This is part of the screening process for diabetic retinopathy and is the most efficient way of managing eyesight problems for people with diabetes.
The photograph here is an example of an image take from a Fundus Camera. Once the photograph is taken at our clinic, our software is used on the photograph to determine whether the patient should be referred to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) for diabetic retinopathy treatment. The photographs are also stored on the Oxia DM software to allow a specialist to monitor changes and keep a history.
Did you know?
Type 1 diabetics often need regular checkups. However, non-insulin dependent patients sometimes do not even know that they are diabetic, especially in pre-diabetic states. This can mean that their eyesight is worsening unknowingly. For this reason, both diabetics and non-diabetics could benefit from our Oxia DM screening centres.
Why we need to address the diabetic retinopathy epidemic.
Why we need to address the diabetic retinopathy epidemic
People with diabetes are recommended to have an annual eye exam, but unfortunately many health systems only report a 50% compliance rate from these vulnerable patients. This means that 50% of persons diagnosed with diabetes do either not have access to a specialist to screen their eyes for diabetic diseases or cannot afford to see an eye specialist due to the costs involved.
Oxia DM is a seamless solution to this problem because of our diabetes screening centres.
Due to modern technological advances in software and fundus cameras, patients with diabetes can now test and book for diabetic retinopathy at Oxia DM selected primary care facilities such as GPs or optometrists, which removes barriers to access that could prevent you from completing important eye disease exams at affordable medical aid rates. Feel free to book via this website or directly with the closest screening centre.
Shifting the setting of diabetic retinopathy screening from only eye specialists to primary care facilities could potentially prevent blindness caused by diabetes!
Is software assisted screening the answer to this diabetes epidemic?
Is software assisted screening the answer to this epidemic?
Fundoscopic images are the main tools for the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy. Manually analysing those images can be time-consuming and unreliable, as the ability of detecting abnormalities varies by years of experience.
But, with our tried and tested Oxia DM software, a diagnosis in terms of whether or not a patient should be seen by an ophthalmologist is made within seconds. The software extracts information about the blood vessels and any abnormal patterns and analyses them, thus determining whether or not a patient is referable to a specialist.
Did you know?
There are only around 200 000 ophthalmologists worldwide, and with software assisted retinal screening for eye-threatening diseases now becoming more accessible to the world’s diabetes population, computer assisted screening could be the answer to prevent blindness caused by diabetic conditions.
Dealing with Diabetes and the Eye (Screening Process)
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Nonproliferative & proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR & PDR)
Who is at risk of Diabetic Retinopathy?
It affects up to 80 percent of those who have had diabetes for 20 years or more. However, at least 90% of new cases could be reduced with proper treatment and monitoring of the eyes. The longer a person has diabetes, the higher his or her chances of developing diabetic retinopathy. This is why regular screening is crucial for a better prognosis.
How do I know that I have Diabetic Retinopathy?
How can diabetic retinopathy be detected?
Fundus photography captures considerably larger areas of the fundus and has the advantage of photo documentation for future reference, as well as availing the image to be examined by a specialist at another location or time. In this way, progression can be monitored. Our screening centres utilises a Fundus Camera; a super specialised camera equipped with high-resolution flash-photography. This allows for one of the only ways to observe arteries and veins in the body without being invasive. This is part of the screening process for diabetic retinopathy and is the most efficient way of managing eyesight problems for people with diabetes.
What is Fundoscopic (fundus camera) image analysis?
Using the images generated at the centre, Diabetic retinopathy can be diagnosed entirely. This is done through observing abnormalities on retinal images taken by fundoscopy.
Which other methods can be used for diabetic retinopathy diagnosis?
What happens after diabetic retinopathy screening?
If the computer aided diagnosis indicates abnormality in your retina, you will be classified as referable and advised to book an appointment with an ophthalmologist. If it is non-referable, then all that will be needed is to continue to monitor that patient and continue to take photos with the usual GP visits. In this way, a series of photos can be generated to monitor the patient’s history.
What happens in the next appointment of a referable case (to an ophthalmologist)?
What are the treatment options for diabetic retinopathy?
Is diabetic retinopathy curable?
Although these treatments are very successful in slowing or stopping further vision loss, they do not cure diabetic retinopathy. The best way of preventing the onset and delaying the progression of diabetic retinopathy is to monitor it vigilantly and achieve optimal glycemic control. This is why regular screening at our centres are advised.