Take Charge of Diabetic Care

Eye care is on the front lines of this public health crisis. Arm yourself with the latest advice to keep patients healthy.

Published Friday, May 15, 2015 8:00 am
by By A. Paul Chous, MA, OD

Despite effective prevention and treatment, the twin epidemics of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy (DR) continue to flourish throughout most of the world. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now estimates 40% of all American adults will be affected by diabetes.1 Of adults with the disease, 28.5% are now diagnosed with DR or diabetic macular edema (DME), or both.2 That’s more than eight million Americans.

Luckily, doctors today are better prepared to face these challenges, with a collection of preventative strategies, diagnostic devices and treatment modalities our predecessors could only imagine. This article reviews the latest thinking and technological advancements in preventing, diagnosing and treating these connected conditions.

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