How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?

Updated: Sep 02, 2021
  • Author: Abdhish R Bhavsar, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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The mainstay of diagnosing diabetic retinopathy is a complete ophthalmic examination and dilated retinal examination by an ophthalmologist or retina specialist or retina surgeon.

Outreach screening has the potential to increase screening coverage of high-risk patients with diabetic retinopathy in remote and resource-poor settings or in areas in which no ophthalmologist or retina specialist is available, without the risk of missing diabetic retinopathy and the opportunity to prevent vision loss. [30]

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