Can You See Me Now?

A Fast, Easy Eye Test is Enhancing Diabetes Care at the Parrish Community Medical Clinic

Patients with diabetes have a new line of defense to help ensure their vision is maintained. Retasure™ is a simple,affordable, noninvasive solution that could help minimize eye problems caused by diabetes. Developed by Digital Healthcare to help determine damage caused by diabetes, this new screening solution is now available at the Parrish Community Medical Clinic.

Diabetes and Vision

Diabetes, a chronic condition in which a person’s body does not produce enough insulin,can cause myriad medical problems. Long-term complications range from head to toe and involve the circulatory and nervous systems. Eye disease, or diabetic retinopathy, is just one of the complications that can occur.The National Eye Institute and the American Diabetes Association state that diabetic retinopathyis the leading cause of new blindness among adults ages 20 to 74in America. Fewer than half of all diabetic patients have an annual checkup for retinopathy, despite the high frequency of this complication. Diabetic eye damage could result in loss of sight if not caught early enough,but eye damage can be corrected more easily if caught earlier.

Get Checked

Local physicians now have the option to send their patients to the Parrish Community Medical Clinic for quick, affordable, noninvasive eye exams using the Retasure solution to help identify vision damage caused by diabetes. Once complete,the tests are sent to local ophthalmologists to be read. Then the results are sent back to the primary care physician for patient follow-up.“By picking up eye disease earlier [using Retasure], we can refer patients to the proper treatment and improve their outcomes,” says Julie Canada, ARNP-C, director of the Community Medical Clinic.If you or a loved one has diabetes and hasn’t had an eye exam recently, ask your physician fora referral today. It just might save your sight.

Save Your Sight

If you have diabetes, the RetasureTM diabetic eye exam can help identify vision damage caused by your condition. The sooner you’re diagnosed,the sooner you can get the treatment you need.

  1. The physician refers the patient to the Community Medical Clinic for an eye exam.
  2. The patient undergoes a five-minute eye exam.
  3. A local ophthalmologist interprets the results of the exam.
  4. Results are sent directly to the referring physician’s office.
  5. The patient follows up with his or her physician.

Cost-Effective Care

The Community Medical Clinic was established in 1996 and provides free or reduced cost family practice, preventive and primary medical care to people of all ages. More than 70 physicians from the Parrish Medical Center medical staff volunteer their time and expertise to the clinic.

For more information about the Retasure™ diabetic eye exam, call the Community Medical Clinic, at 500 N. Washington Ave., Suite 105, in Titusville, at 321-268-0267. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.