Assessment of retinopathy

Warren Gillibrand, Philip Holdich

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Abstract

This chapter concerns diabetic retinopathy – a serious microvascular complication of diabetes, which can have severe debilitating effects on lifestyle, work and relationships. In the UK, diabetic retinopathy remains a major cause of visual impairment and registered blindness in people under 65 years of age, but following the successful implementation of a national screening programme, it is no longer the main cause of blindness (Liew et al, 2014; Public Health England, 2014a).
To be effective, treatment for retinopathy needs to be given at the appropriate stage of the disease; usually before symptoms have developed. Hence, it is important to screen for the signs of retinopathy before they progress and at the correct annual or bi-annual interval (see case study 17.1) (Scanlon et al, 2015).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Diabetes Care
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence-Based Management for Health Professionals
EditorsAnne Philips
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherQuay Books
Pages217-226
Number of pages10
Edition2nd
ISBN (Print)9781856425100
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

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Gillibrand, W., & Holdich, P. (2017). Assessment of retinopathy. In A. Philips (Ed.), Principles of Diabetes Care: Evidence-Based Management for Health Professionals (2nd ed., pp. 217-226). London: Quay Books.