Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

The City of Milwaukee Health Department offers a safe and simple way to screen for retinal diseases. This service is especially valubale to community members who have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or a family history of diabetes.

What services are provided?

This service involves the use of a specialized camera to take images of the retina (the back of the eye) with no drops, dilation, or touching of the eye. The images are then reviewed by an Ophthalmologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Eye Institute. All participants receive a letter informing them of the results in about four to eight weeks after the screening. Depending on the results, trained staff will provide additional follow up recommendations and resources as needed.

Who is eligible?

This is a free service available to all members of the community even if you do not have diabetes.

Why is diabetic retinopathy screening important?

If you have diabetes or a family history of diabetes, you are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy may not have any symptoms until the advanced stage. Screening can detect changes in the blood vessels in the back of your eye (retina). When these changes are caught early, treatment can prevent vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy. If diabetic retinopathy is not treated, it can lead to vision loss and blindness.

Where do I go?

Screenings are currently conducted at:

  • Southside Health Center
    1639 S. 23rd St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53204.

This service is mobile, and appointments could be arranged for:

  • Keenan Health Center
    3200 N. 36th St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53216
  • Northwest Health Center
    7630 W. Mill Rd.
    Milwaukee, WI 53218

If you are interested in offering this service at an event you are planning, please fill out a Community Event and Education Request Form, choose “other” in topics for representation, and write “diabetic eye screening” in the text box.

Want to learn more?

If you are interested in scheduling a screening please give us a call at 414-286-8620 and ask to speak with staff about “Eye Screening”.

Visit www.teleeyehealth.org for additional information.

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