The Department of Radiology offers a unique digital retinal imaging service for all Connecticut physicians and their patients. It is a critically important screening test for patients with diabetes, macular degeneration or other difficult to see retinal changes.
The screening produces permanent color images of each retina. The ten-minute procedure costs approximately $100 and is covered by most insurance carriers. Computer disk copies are provided for referring physicians.
The purpose of the service is to encourage more patients with sight-threatening retinal disorders to seek care from Connecticut eye specialists as early as possible. The incidence of preventable diabetic blindness is increasing primarily because of procrastination. At present, less than half of Connecticut diabetic patients enrolled in insurance plans receive bi-annual retinal examinations by an ophthalmologist, as recommended by the NIH and the major diabetes foundations. Juvenile type 1 diabetic patients are especially at risk for vision loss when retinal treatment is delayed.
The retinal imaging service is also available for evaluation of the retina and optic nerve in neurologic, neurosurgical and hematological disorders as well as 15 other medical diseases. Full-time ophthalmology staff are available by appointment for consultations regarding retinal imaging findings.
This UConn service is supported by the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation.