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Diabetes clinic

Management of diabetic retinopathy: an update

Anagha Vaze, Richard J Symes, Samantha Fraser-bell
Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of visual loss and the GP plays an important role in the prevention and management of the condition.
Key Points

    Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of visual loss in working-age adults in developed countries. Worldwide, it has been estimated that 93 million people with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy, of which 28 million have vision- threatening disease.1 The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) study reported that 15% of people with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy with 2.1% of those having proliferative retinopathy and 3.3% having diabetic macular oedema, which are vision-threatening complications of diabetic retinopathy.2

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