On Saturday, May 19th, Dr. Mathura and his staff of nurses, photographers and ophthalmic technicians partnered with a DC Medicaid HMO, and offered a community outreach event. Between the hours of 8:30 AM and 2 PM, twenty-nine (29), new, "high-risk," diabetic patients were evaluated. These patients underwent vision screenings and fundus photographs and had complete, dilated eye exams. Although many of these patients’ eyes were found to be "stable" and were instructed to return for a follow up appointment in one year’s times, a handful were unfortunately diagnosed with diabetic macular edema or diabetic retinopathy, conditions that can develop in diabetic patients. Diabetic eye screening is a key part of diabetes care. People with diabetes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it's not timely recognized and treated. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of sight loss among people of working age. Everyone with diabetes who is 12 years of age or over should have their eyes screened once a year. Please call or schedule on-line for your annual, dilated eye examination.