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Retina Health Clinic Opens Inside a CVS

March 2, 2022

A retina healthcare clinic has opened at a CVS in Westchase, Fla., according to reporting by ABC affiliate WFTS.

The clinic, Network Eye, will specialize in screening those at risk for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, two leading causes of blindness.

The retina exams at this clinic are designed to be simple with results available in less than five minutes.

“When you come to us first, for the screening, if you have diabetes, it’s actually very simple. It’s an artificial intelligence device, which you put your eyes in, and literally in less than five minutes will tell you whether or not you have diabetic retinopathy. So there’s no dilation of the eyes, which is what people currently do. Currently, people have to get their eyes dilated, you get a photograph of the back of your eye, which gets sent out to a lab, and you get a result back in 24 to 48 hours. We do it in less than five minutes, no dilation of the eye,” Network Eye Co-Founder Steven Wisch told WFTS.

“Once we get the result, if there is pathology, we educate the patient about the importance of now seeing one of our doctors and going ahead for treatment,” Wisch said. “And doing it inside a CVS is much more friendly. You can come with a caregiver, your mom, your dad, sister, brother, or son or daughter, whomever it might be, and the caregiver and you could go shopping in the CVS for things in the front of the store or go to the Minute Clinic or health hub to take care of other healthcare needs. It’s a much more inviting environment.”

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