Macular thickness in diabetic pregnant women throughout their pregnancy

There is an increased risk of sight threatening diabetic retinopathy in pregnant women thought to be due to poor glycaemic control before pregnancy with tight glycaemic control in early pregnancy, other factors include hypertension, neuropathy and preecamplsia. The NICE guidelines state that all women with pre-existing diabetes should be offered […]

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New OCT Machine

The beginning of May 2011 saw the introduction of the new OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) machine, bringing the Retinal Screening services at Heartlands Hospital to the forefront of screening technology and offering patients the most up to date service possible. The OCT machine now means more research can be undertaken […]

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How accurate are photographic surrogate markers used to detect macular oedema in the English National Screening Programme?

Early findings suggest that only 10% of patients with screen positive maculopathy require laser treatment. This suggests poor specificity of photographic surrogate markers which are used to predict the presence of clinically significant macular oedema. The purpose of the audit is to determine how many patients who present with macular […]

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