Issue: November 2016
Section: Diabetes views
Diabetic retinopathy: from evidence and promise to real life observations
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most feared complications of diabetes and one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the working age population in developed countries. As the number of people with diabetes increases worldwide, the number of people who are at risk for developing retinopathy increases, too.
Additionally, there are approximately 193 million people worldwide with undiagnosed diabetes according to the IDF estimates which is close to half of all people with diabetes.1 People with undiagnosed diabetes are more prone to diabetes complications like retinopathy leading to blindness because living with uncontrolled and untreated diabetes for many years, if not decades, is a well known consequence.
Today, it is long overdue for all multi-stakeholders involved in the prevention and care of people at risk for or living with diabetes to have their eyes on diabetic retinopathy and other long-term diabetes complications