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Diabetic Retinopathy is retinopathy (damage to the retina) caused by complications of diabetes mellitus, which can eventually lead to blindness. It is an ocular manifestation of systemic disease which affects up to 80% of all patients who have had diabetes for 10 years or more. Despite these intimidating statistics, research indicates that at least 90% of the DR incidence can be averted if there is early diagnosis and proper treatment and monitoring of the eyes.

Diabetic Retinopathy often has no early warning signs. Given the proven benefits of early detection, guidelines for screening for diabetic retinopathy have been established. However, the barriers to recommended eye examinations are numerous and include insufficient referrals, socioeconomic factors, and poor geographical access to care.

So, screening programme will help in early detection and treatment. This site news uses a general approach to the understanding of screening programs. This issue introduces you to the Magnitude of Diabetic Retinopathy and talks on the need for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening which will enable readers to understand the problems related to Diabetic Retinopathy.

The organization, which we are featuring is Fundus Photograph Reading Center (FPRC), which works with various clinical research studies to analyze photographs of retina and the featured personality is, the Director of the centre. We wish you an experience of learning that is very practical. Your feedback will help us to improve. Please send in your feedback at eyesite@aravind.org.

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The Issue Features...
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY SCREENING
Vol. 6 No.9 August & September 2010
•   Overview
•   Prevalence
•   Barriers to Compliance
•   Awareness
•   Risk Factor
•   An Historical DR Assessment
•   Featured Personality
•   Featured Organisation
•   Talk to Us
•   Past Issues

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DIABETIC RETINOPATHY: AN HISTORICAL ASSESSMENT

Diabetic retinopathy is a microvascular complication of diabetes mellitus and is a significant cause of new-onset blindness. A number of multi-centred clinical trials during the last ten years have contributed substantially to the understanding of the natural history of diabetic retinopathy and have established the value of intensive glycemic control in reducing both the risk of onset and the progression of diabetic retinopathy.



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Matthew D. Davis

Dr. Davis is the Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center (FPRC), which works with various clinical research studies to analyze photographs of the retina and to assess changes over time. He is a Professor Emeritus with Retina Fellowship from Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston. Under the guidance of Dr. Davis, several standards for "grading" the characteristics of the lens and retina have been established.


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THE AMERICAN RETINA FOUNDATION (ARF)

THE AMERICAN RETINA FOUNDATION is committed to improving the quality of life of all people with retinal disease .As the charitable arm of the American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS) and as the public's trustedally, ARF believes that no one should lose vision to retinal disease. ARF strives to save vision by identifying and funding innovative scientific research to better understand the causes and treatment of retinal disease, to educate physicians by disseminating cutting-edge discoveries, and to raise public awareness of retinal diseases, including ways to improve, preserve, and restore vision.


http://www.nhshealthquality.org/nhsqis/511.html

It is a Special Health Board. They advise, support and assess NHS boards to help improve the quality of healthcare for the people of Scotland.


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