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Diabetic retinopathy: reasons for screening 

Diabetic retinopathy: reasons for screening
Diabetic retinopathy: reasons for screening

Paul Galsworthy

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date: 29 June 2022

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is still the most common form of eye disease for people with diabetes, but is no longer the leading cause of blindness in the working-age population. Patients with visual loss caused by DR is often as a result of late presentation to screening services, poor or non-attendance of diabetes care, and/or hospital eye services. Diabetes care is accountable for 10% of the NHS budget—most of this money is spent on inpatient care, rather than on prevention. DR meets the screening criteria of Wilson and Jungner for a successful programme, as it has important adverse effects, laser and intravitreal treatment is effective, it can be easily detected by digital imaging, which is an acceptable test, and is cost effective.

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