n South African Medical Journal - Preventing diabetic blindness : a priority for South Africa : forum - opinion
|Article Title||Preventing diabetic blindness : a priority for South Africa : forum - opinion|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Witwatersrand, 2 University of Cape Town, 3 University of Cape Town, 4 Groote Schuur Hospital and 5 Groote Schuur Hospital|
|Publication Date||Oct 2014|
|Pages||661 - 662|
The prevalence of diabetes in South Africa is increasing rapidly, and diabetes is a significant cause of blindness. Diabetic complications can induce a cycle of poverty for affected families. Early detection of retinopathy and appropriate management can prevent blindness. Screening for retinopathy using a mobile retinal camera is highly cost-effective, with costs of screening and follow-up treatment being less than the expense of one year of a disability grant. Such a programme is a prime example of a 'best buy' that should be part of the national diabetes care package.
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