Diabetic Retinopathy Detection Events

Many clinics hold special event clinics for diabetes education. These are a great opportunity to let patients know about the importance of diabetic retinopathy exams, and even perform retinal exams on the participants that day. Clinics have been able to see up to 60 patients in a day using this “special event” approach. Here are some tips for holding successful events:

  • Publicize the event with signs throughout the clinic, flyers delivered to local community programs and churches, and word of mouth (make sure the check-in staff and care managers are encouraging people to come).
  • Pick a date that's easy to remember – e.g. July 7 (7/7)
  • Tell patients this is a great opportunity to get an important and necessary exam at a very low cost.
  • Create an all-day program providing useful information and services, including diabetic retinopathy exams, blood sugar test, foot screening, and so on.