Protecting vision from diabetes – KeepSight
Diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss in working age Australians with 1.3 million Australians with diabetes registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) database. Almost half of these people are not currently having regular eye checks. Following several years of advocacy with its members, in 2018 Vision 2020 Australia partnered with Diabetes Australia to develop a national eye check recall and reminder system for people with diabetes. The program – KeepSight is funded through a public-private partnership.
The program is a digital platform designed for health care professionals – including optometrists, ophthalmologists and orthoptists – who are seeing people with diabetes. The platform is used by health care professionals to generate a recall and reminder notice from Diabetes Australia. People with diabetes are also encouraged to self-register. The recall and reminder notices from Diabetes Australia are sent in addition to those that health care professionals may already send to their patients, to act as a safeguard.