Different models for the detection and management of Diabetic Retinopathy have been developed by partners in each State. Government staff in Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres have been equipped and trained to screen for Diabetic Retinopathy. Government ophthalmologists in District Hospitals and Medical Colleges have been trained and equipped to diagnose and management Diabetic Retinopathy. Dedicated software has been developed to monitor screening and treatment. Health education materials for patients, physicians and health workers have also been provided.
A Certificate Course for Diabetic Retinopathy on the optimal management of diabetes and the need for yearly Diabetic Retinopathy screening has been developed for physicians. Peer Support Groups have been established for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to support them in managing their diabetes and to encourage yearly eye examination.
Implementation is being reviewed by the National Task Force.
Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy using a retinal camera in a Community Health Centre
Number Receiving Services
Since the start of the programme, almost 65,000 people with diabetes have been screened, and 5000 have been treated for Diabetic Retinopathy.
Several States have taken steps to scale up services to other districts, while some new States have shown commitment to start programmes.
By the end of 2018, the number of districts delivering services has increased from 10 districts in 10 States to 41 Districts in 11 States.
The DR screening programme has had huge outreach in local communities