Diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed with dilated fundal examination by your ophthalmologist. It can also be screened for in the early stages by retinal fundus photography and can be done at the polyclinic and at some primary care facilities.
Fundus photography can provide effective and efficient assessment of the diabetic retinopathy status in most patients, although those with media opacity like significant cataract may not be suitable.
The Singapore integrated Diabetic Retinopathy Programme (SiDRP) uses telemedicine to enable fundus photographs taken at the polyclinic and participating primary care facilities to be transmitted to the specialist eye care centres for interpretation and diagnosis. This provides a safe, reliable and quality-assured diabetic retinopathy screening programme for Singapore.
If there are any abnormalities in the photography or if the quality is insufficient for adequate assessment, you will be referred to your ophthalmologist for further assessment and management.