1. Diabetic Maculopathy
One of the two ‘stages’ of diabetic retinopathy that requires is diabetic maculopathy where the central retina can swell and cause blurred vision.
2. Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
The second of the two ‘stages’ of diabetic retinopathy that requires urgent treatment is proliferative diabetic retinopathy where abnormal blood vessels can grow from the retina and bleed.
3. Optical Examination
If you undergo eye screening, have timely treatment and continue your follow-up care, your risk of blindness reduces by 95%
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the working population aged 20 to 74.
5. Global spread
There are over 100 million people in the world with diabetic retinopathy.
There are no early symptoms of diabetic retinopathy hence the need for screening for the disease.