Guidelines Needed to Curb Diabetic Retinopathy in Asia
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Medical Studies
Despite high rates of sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy (DR), fewer than 25% of Asian countries have DR screening guidelines, researchers say. DR is the leading cause of preventable blindness in adults, and Asia is home to 60% of the global adult diabetic population, according to Dr. Tien Yin Wong, Medical Director of the Singapore National Eye Center, and colleagues. To reduce rates of DR-related blindness in Asia, “there is a pressing need for national DR screening guidelines,” they write in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, online March 28.