World Diabetes Day theme 2016 ‘Eyes on Diabetes’
DIABETES IS the leading cause of blindness however; only approximately 10 per cent of persons with diabetes are receiving adequate retina (eye) screening and follow up for diabetic retinopathy.
The Ministry of Health guidelines on the management of diabetes recommend retina (eye) examination at diagnosis of diabetes and every year for all persons with diabetes.
Blood sugar control is the major modifiable risk factor influencing the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy and other eye problems.
The gold standard of diabetes control and risk of complications is the A1c test that is required to be done by persons with diabetes every 3 months.
With this is mind, the Diabetes Association of Jamaica now has retinal screening available at affordable cost and free to persons with diabetes up to age 25.
The Diabetes Association of Jamaica (DAJ) is a nonprofit organisation that functions on the work of volunteers and has been providing diabetes care for the past 40 years. There is no guaranteed funding however; we may be in receipt of rare donations. The organization operates on a fee for service basis.
The main office located in Kingston offers a range of diabetes related services by a team of consultants who volunteer their services to help the patients in the management and control of their diabetes.
The team consists of endocrinologists, medical practitioners, ophthalmologist, nephrologists, nutritionist, chiropodist, education officers, psychologist, and health technicians.
We also operate an outreach programme where health screenings and diabetes education/counselling is offered islandwide.
Health checks done inhouse and on outreaches are as follows:
Blood sugar; blood pressure; A1C (blood sugar control); cholesterol (heart disease); haemoglobin (iron); ECG (heart); Micro albumin (kidney disease); Doppler (blood circulation in feet); body mass index (weight management); vision screening; foot care. In addition to these services we also offer kidney dialysis.
Contact the DAJ at 927-6774.