• Remote screening for diabetic retinopathy in Kawawachikamach
Dec 03, 2018

To reduce wait times and travel to an ophthalmologist or optometrist for people with diabetes to get an examination of the back of the eye (fundus), First Nations communities in Quebec have been providing remote screening services for over eight years. The newest community added to the list, Kawawachikamach, has offered the service since mid-November.

 Caroline Fontaine, imagager; Daniel Goudreault, nurse and Myriam Einish, imager.

One nurse and two imagers have successfully completed the training, medical for the nurse, and, technical for the imagers, and are now able to perform an annual screening for their diabetic population. This screening is used to monitor the condition of the back of the eye of diabetics and ensure that, following the examination, clients requiring in-person consultation with an ophthalmologist will be seen within the prescribed timeframes.

To date, 24 communities offer the service and nearly 800 screenings are performed annually