Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness, but there is a lot we can to control diabetes – and lower the risk of vision loss.
Significant risk factors for diabetic retinopathy include a patient’s age, duration of diabetes and control. While it's not possible to have much influence on age and duration, we can help to improve retinopathy screening rates, and improve the control of diabetes.
Our research in the UK, and around the world, is aiming to reduce the incidence of diabetic-related blindness. This includes raising awareness of sight saving measures.
Research by VERI has shown that Asian patients from the UK, Nepal, India, Thailand and China who are most at risk of blindness also have poor knowledge of how to control diabetes and do not attend regular retinal screening. Within ARUDRAPP, the VERI team hope to raise awareness of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy in these communities.