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Diabetes: Eyesight

Health written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what recent representations his Department has received on patient access to appropriate treatment for diabetic macular oedema;

(2) what policies his Department has in place to encourage (a) public awareness, (b) detection and (c) appropriate treatment of diabetic macular oedema.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

We are not aware of any such representations being received.

Diabetic macular oedema is a complication of diabetic retinopathy. All people with diabetes should be offered annual screening for diabetic retinopathy. Patients thought to have diabetic retinopathy will be referred to a specialist ophthalmologist for confirmation of the presence of the disease and treatment offered, if it is appropriate to do so.

Primary care trusts are responsible for commissioning health services in their areas to meet the needs of their local populations.

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