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Why Screen for Diabetic Retinopathy?

With the rising prevalence of diabetes mellitus worldwide, diabetic retinopathy is now a leading cause of blindness among working age individuals.

Prevalence of diabetes mellitus in Malaysia (>30 years age group)
(Data from the National Health and Morbidity Surveys)
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Diabetic vision loss can be prevented by early detection and treatment of sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy.

Because the most effective window period for treatment is usually at a time when the patient is still asymptomatic, clinical practice guidelines worldwide call for routine annual eye screening for all diabetic persons so that those at risk of visual loss may be identified and treated (*Diabetic Retinopathy Screening CPG, KKM 2008).

Failure to screen is a major reason why many diabetic patients present to the ophthalmologist with established visual loss that could have been prevented with timely intervention.