Date: August 4th, 2016
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a very devastating complication of diabetes that leads to irreversible vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of vision loss and could impact nearly 191 million people worldwide by 2030.
Vision loss from DR can be avoided with proper management and treatment, and risk is more common in people who have poorly controlled diabetes. Nearly half of all people with diabetes aren’t getting regular eye exams and are diagnosed too late for effective treatment.
The Alliance recently released The Silver Book®: Diabetic Retinopathy, a factsheet that provides an overview of the eye disease and the global health threat it presents. It illustrates the seriousness of the problem through statistics and infographics focused on the human and economic burden of the disease, how innovation can reduce its risk, and the challenges and opportunities to nations seeking to institute policies for education, screening, detection, and management of DR.
To help spread the word about the factsheet, the Alliance hosted a webinar in May featuring experts from the International Diabetes Federation and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. They discussed the burden of the disease, as well as challenges and opportunities in global DR management.
Click here to view the slides and transcript, or to listen to the audio recording.