Diagnos has initiated a new screening program for the prevention of diabetic retinopathy and vision loss in Canada.

Under the new ‘BEAT IT IN A BLINK’ program, the company will make use of its proprietary Computer Assisted Retinal Analysis (CARA) tele-ophthalmology device, which processes large numbers of images in real-time and produces retinal images sharper, clearer, and easier to read.

Diagnos president Andre Larente said with nearly 3 million diagnosed diabetics in Canada and 350 million around the world, it is imperative to launch services like BEAT IT IN A BLINK in the local communities.

"Cost of vision lost in 2010 was $3 Trillion according to the AMD Association and the disease has been increasing every year," Larente added.

Diagnos health vice-president Peter Nowacki said consistent with the director of the National Institutes of Health US, Dr. Francis Collins, recent calls to preventionism, the company’s recent market tests have clearly confirmed the need for a program that can help individuals with diabetes to beat the odds of losing their vision to a disease whose complications can be preventable if caught early.

"This is very alarming, and "BEAT IT IN A BLINK" is being launched to make prevention accessible to all," Nowacki added.