Man receiving Diabetes Eye Screening from the Teleophthalmology Program

Program Category: Chronic Conditions

Diabetes Eye Screening Program – Teleophthalmology

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Yearly diabetes eye screenings can reduce the risk of diabetes-related damage to the eye (retinopathy) which, if left untreated, can cause vision loss.

  • Screenings are FREE (OHIP is not required)
  • The painless, 60 minute screening is done by a registered practical nurse and has the following three steps:
    • Vision is checked using an eye chart – contacts or glasses (if worn) needed for exam
    • Eye is numbed using eye drops and eye pressure is checked
    • Pupil is enlarged (dilated) using eye drops and pictures of the back of the eye (retina) are taken
  • Results of the exam are sent electronically (using telemedicine) to a retinal specialist who reviews the results and sends a report to the primary healthcare provider (doctor or nurse practitioner).
  • Further eye care is arranged if needed to repair damage.
Service eligibility:
  • Services available to  people over the age of 18 with diabetes who have not had an eye screening in the last year.
  • A referral is required from your a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner.

To  determine if you are eligible  contact our nurses at 416-461-2493 ext 276

Screenings are FREE and held at several locations across Toronto:
  • Anishnawbe Health Toronto 
  • Flemingdon Health Centre 
  • LAMP Community Health Centre 
  • Mon Sheong, Home for the Aged 
  • Parkdale Community Health Centre 
  • Scarborough Academic Family Health Team 
  • South Riverdale Community Health Centre 
  • St. Michaels Hospital, Academic Family Health Team 
  • TAIBU Community Health Centre 
  • Unison Health and Community Services 
  • Women’s College Hospital, Family Practice Health Team 
As a client you can expect the following:
  • All programs and services are FREE
  • TTC or transportation support is available (depending on eligibility)
  • Programs and services are available in your language with advance notice
  • A support person is welcome to attend appointments with you

For more information visit

Organization Contact

  • Diabetes Eye Screening Program - Teleophthalmology

  • 955 Queen Street East
  • Toronto, ON    M4M 3P3
  • 416-461-2493