Program Category: Diabetes Support

Diabetes Eye Screening Program – Teleophthalmology


Diabetes Eye Screening Program – Teleophthalmology

Yearly diabetes eye screenings can reduce the risk of diabetes-related damage to the eye (retinopathy) which, left untreated, can cause vision loss.

For individuals over 18 years of age with gestational, type 1 or 2 diabetes (who have not had a diabetes eye screening in the last year).

What to expect

  • Screenings are FREE (OHIP is not required)
  • The painless, 60 minute screening is done by a registered practical nurse and has the following three steps:
    1. Vision is checked using an eye chart – contacts or glasses (if worn) needed for exam
    2. Eye is numbed using eye drops and eye pressure is checked
    3. Pupil is enlarged (dilated) using eye drops and pictures of the back of the eye (retina) are taken
  • Results of the exam are sent electronically (using telemedicine) to a retinal specialist who reviews the results and sends a report to the primary healthcare provider (doctor or nurse practitioner).
  • Further eye care is arranged if needed to repair damage.

Screening locations

The diabetes eye screening can be done at a number of different locations across the region. Specific location information can be found in the table below.

Diabetes eye screenings can also be done by a number of ophthalmologists and some optometrists working in and around Toronto.  More information can be found on the website of the College of Physicians & Surgeons or the College of Optometrists of Ontario.

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Diabetes Eye Screening Program Locations in and around the Toronto Central RegionAddress
More InformationAnishnawabe Health Toronto225 Queen Street East, TorontoGet Connected
More InformationFlemingdon Health Centre10 Gateway Boulevard, TorontoGet Connected
More InformationLAMP Community Health Centre365 Evans Avenue, Suite 201, Etobicoke
2555 Dixie Road, Unit 7, Mississauga
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More InformationParkdale Queen West Community Health Centre (Parkdale Site)1229 Queen Street West, TorontoGet Connected
More InformationScarborough Academic Family Health Team521 Victoria Park Avenue, Main Floor, Toronto
2330 Kennedy Road, Suite 320, Scarborough
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More InformationSouth Riverdale Community Health Centre955 Queen Street East, TorontoGet Connected
More InformationUnison Health and Community Services Lawrence Heights - 12 Flemington Road, Toronto
Bathurst-Finch - 540 Finch Avenue West, Toronto
Jane-Trethewey - 1541 Jane Street, Toronto
Keele-Rogers - 1651 Keele Street
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