Diabetic retinopathy in Asians and Caucasians

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Professor Shahina Pardhan, Ishi Mohamed and Jim Gilchrist. Collaboration between Ocular Disease and Ophthamic Epidemiology and Faculty of Health and Social Care.

Current Activity 

To investigate how various parameters affect diabetic retinopathy in South Asian diabetic subjects compared to Caucasians.
To further investigate how age, duration, socio-economic and lifestyle issues influence diabetic eye retinopathy in South Asians.


Our research shows that South Asian subjects showed diabetic eye diseases whose severity was equivalent to that of Caucasians who were either 12.5 years older, or those who had diabetes for 12.5 years longer. When subjects were questioned, socio-economic status and lifestyle all seemed to contribute to this increased magnitude of diabetic eye diseases in South Asian population.


Pardhan, S., Mughal N, Mahomed, I. (2000) Self-reported eye disease in elderly South Asian subjects from an inner city cluster in Bradford: a small-scale study to investigate knowledge and awareness of ocular disease. Eye. 14: 620-624. 
Pardhan, S., Mahomed, I. (2002). The clinical characteristics of Patients on the Bradford's Low Vision Register. Eye. 16 (5): 572-576. 
Pardhan, S., Mahomed, I. (2004). Knowledge, self-help and socio-economic factors in South Asian and Caucasian patients. Eye. 18, 509-513. 
Pardhan, S., Gilchrist, J., Mahomed, I. (2004) Impact of age and duration on sight threatening retinopathy in South Asians and Caucasians attending a diabetic clinic. Eye. 18, 233-240.