Diabetic Eye Screening

The U-M Kellogg Eye Center is pleased to offer patients a new technology in diabetic eye disease screening. This technology captures an image of the inside of your eye which is read by one of our board-certified ophthalmologists to monitor for diabetic eye disease. The screening is both quick and likely to require no pupil dilation.

If I have diabetes, why do I need to have my eyes examined?

People with diabetes can suffer permanent damage to their eyes without experiencing any symptoms. Diabetic eye disease can be treated and vision loss can be prevented if diagnosed early.

Am I a candidate for this program?

Only patients without prior diabetic eye disease or other major eye diseases, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, are suitable candidates for this program.  If you wear glasses or have had prior cataract surgery, you are still a candidate for this program. 

What happens during the appointment?

You will check in at the front desk of the Kellogg Eye Center located on the first floor.  The receptionist will direct you to our eHealth Suite, located in the main lobby. A medical assistant will then take pictures of your eyes using a special camera. You will likely not have your pupils dilated for this appointment. The entire process takes about 15 minutes.

What happens to the images after the appointment?

Images of your eyes are stored securely and confidentially. A trained, board-certified ophthalmologist will interpret your images within 48 hours.  You will be contacted immediately if there is any concern on the photographs to schedule a full examination.

What is the cost of the appointment?

You will not have to pay for a doctor’s visit or a doctor’s visit co-pay.  If you have a deductible for your insurance plan or fees associated with lab tests or photography, you may be charged a similar fee.

How do I learn more?

Kellogg staff is available to speak with you to determine if this new technology is right for you. To learn more, please contact us at 734-764-4190.