review | diabetic retinopathy

File:Fundus photo showing scatter laser surgery for diabetic retinopathy EDA09.JPG

Diabetes is a massive and important topic, so it’s nice when the common complications can be broken down into  separate sections and studied. Diabetic retinopathy is important; one of the most common causes of blindness and still rising in prevalence. It’s clear that improving diabetic control reduces your risk – but what about treating the retinopathy itself?

The BMJ has a review this month explaining it all. The three most important risk factors are the duration of diabetes, hypertension, and hyperglycaemia, and of course, an annual eye review is critical. The article goes on to talk about specific treatments such as laser photocoagulation and injections of anti VEGF agents – but you can read it all over here

IMAGE: National Eye Institute


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