Management and Outcome of Cholesterol Embolus Identified in a Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme – A retrospective audit

Diabetic retinopathy screening allows for opportunistic identification of other lesions, an example of which is cholesterol embolus. Cholesterol emboli are associated with an increased risk of stroke therefore it is important that patients who present with them are managed in an appropriate way. Different screening programmes have local policies in place to deal with these patients.

The purpose of the audit is to assess whether specialist referral to an ophthalmic medical clinic is worthwhile.

By Karen Whitehouse