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    Researchers: No need to screen nonagenarians for diabetic retinopathy

    People over 90 years of age may not benefit from being screened for diabetic retinopathy, researchers say.

    A review of 200 randomly chosen people in the United Kingdom eligible for screening at this age found that only 2 had been referred for further evaluation of diabetic retinopathy.

    The screenings detected other ophthalmic conditions, but the researchers, from three centres in Birmingham, UK, suggest that “systematic annual screening may not be justified in this age group of patients, but rather be performed in optometric practice.” They published their findings in the journal Eye.

    Diabetes mellitus is becoming more common in the United Kingdom, making diabetic retinopathy a common cause of blindness there. And the prevalence of diabetes is high among the elderly. Yet the incidence of diabetic retinopathy is relatively low in this population.

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