oa Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in South Africa - Retinopathy in diabetic patients evaluated at a primary care clinic in Cape Town
|Article Title||Retinopathy in diabetic patients evaluated at a primary care clinic in Cape Town|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in South Africa|
|Author||Olivia Read and Colin Cook|
|Publication Date||Oct 2007|
|Pages||60 - 64|
Diabetic retinopathy is the fifth leading cause of global blindness, affecting an estimated 1.8 billion people and responsible for 4.8% of blindness. In South Africa, it is the third leading cause of blindness after cataract and glaucoma, and is responsible for 5% of blindness (0.04% of the total population). Cataract and refractive error are prioritised for the first phase of Vision 2020 in South Africa, while strategies to deal with diabetic retinopathy are recommended as a priority for the second phase. These strategies will include provision of adequate screening and argon laser treatment.
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