Six days of retinal examinations reserved for Italian Deputies and the Chamber’s members of staff to raise awareness about prevention and early diagnosis amongst public institutions
Retinal exams complete with funduscopy were carried out at the Italian Chamber of Deputies from 5 to 7 and from 19 to 21 December 2018. The awareness and prevention campaign – which this time was reserved for the Deputies and the members of staff of Palazzo Montecitorio (home to Italy’s Chamber of Deputies) – consisted mainly of a screening examination of retinopathies, such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
The project was promoted by Mr. Paolo Russo, MP, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness-IAPB Italy, the Italian Society of Ophthalmology (SOI) and the Italian Union of the Blind and the Visually Impaired (UICI).
It was an activity of institutional awareness aimed at identifying any retinopathies, understood as “social diseases to prevent”: it aims to improve the management of diabetes, encouraging early diagnosis and timely treatment of its complications.
Ocular fundus of a person with diabetic retinopathy in a non-homogeneous scenario – with strong differences depending on the areas in Italy – a commitment to the protection of sight is therefore essential, which can help to avoid unnecessary and heavy suffering as well as the increase in expenditure public health services. In short, more prevention means investing more in health by spending less. Therefore, a series of urgent interventions and courageous health policy choices are needed, in line with the indications and suggestions of the international scientific community.
The examinations of the ocular fundus, this time with restricted access, took place at the internal medical clinic of Palazzo Montecitorio from 10 to 18.
Organizing secretariat: Altis