In this edition we celebrate 20th anniversary of BARS. The organisation has been supporting the Retinal Screening Community for 20 years and began its journey hand in hand with the national delivery of diabetic eye screening services. You can find out how it all began in the article by Professor Roy Taylor and Lillian Lovelock, plus a personal perspective from Angela Ellingford.
Self-isolation, fear of infection and increased pressures on hospital eye services have meant that not all patients were able to continue with their regular care. This has led to the unmonitored progression of eye disease including Macular Degeneration. You can read about various imaging modalities used to monitor this condition in our section on other lesions by specialists from Wirral University Teaching Hospital.
Imaging has become an unmissable part of fundus examination, no more so than in Diabetic Retinal Eye Screening. But is it moving in the right direction? You can read about the quality of fundus cameras in an article by one of the members of the national DES Camera Assessment Group in the section on imaging.
Diabetes became ever important topic during this pandemic because many of those with the condition have had to take extra special care to avoid the virus. Our friends from DUK have been looking into how Covid affects those with diabetes, including its impact on DMO treatment.
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Would it be safe to delay retinal screening during the pandemic for pregnant patients? Find out in a recent study by the team from Kings College, King's College Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London.
We hope that you enjoy this issue and look forward to your feedback and contributions. Take good care, keep safe and carry on.
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