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    Care lacking for diabetic eye diseases worldwide


    Almost two-thirds of those diagnosed with diabetic eye diseases received treatment, however. The most common was laser, followed by surgery, and anti-VEGF therapy.

    Of those treated, over three-quarters said the treatment had been successful and either their vision had improved or their vision had stayed the same. A third of those with untreated diabetic eye disease said that their doctor did not recommend treatment.

    The authors acknowledged that respondents in the survey. Notably, the participants were not a random sample but were recruited through “patient and civil society organisations.” Also some countries were overrepresented and others underrepresented.

    And patients did not necessarily understand whether their diagnosis was “diabetic retinopathy” or “diabetic macular oedema” or when to use the umbrella term, “diabetic eye disease.”

    Still they pointed out that their findings matched those of other published studies.

    “Considering the findings of the DR Barometer Study, ‘now’ is the time to act to develop cost-effective strategies to prevent diabetes-related vision loss,” they concluded.

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