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The study, led by Dr Sheena McHugh, was launched on 21st June, 2018 at the School of Public Health, University College Cork.
The IDEAs study will examine the feasibility of an intervention to improve retinopathy screening attendance. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious and common condition affecting the sight of people with diabetes and it can cause blindness. It is preventable through screening and can be treated if found in time. However, the success of screening is dependent on people attending when invited. Studies show that a number of people with diabetes do not attend regular screening and experience barriers to accessing and using the service. More information on the study is available here.