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n South African Medical Journal - Preventing diabetic blindness : a priority for South Africa : forum - opinion

Volume 104, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
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Abstract

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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2014-10-01
2017-03-31

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