Ophthalmic Services

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 20 March 2003.

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Photo of John Farquhar Munro John Farquhar Munro Liberal Democrat

Question S1O-6693

To ask the Scottish Executive whether retinal imaging is included in free tests on the NHS and what the reasons are for the position on this matter.

Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

Every NHS sight test includes a form of retinal imaging – normally the observation of the fundus (the back of the eye) using an ophthalmoscope on the patient’s undilated eye.

Digital imaging procedures may be used in screening programmes for diabetic retinopathy. It is for NHS boards to decide how screening is delivered by health professionals in their areas, including by optometrists and ophthalmic medical practitioners.

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