The Royal College of Ophthalmologists' Clinical Guidelines for Diabetic Retinopathy

A Summary

F Ghanchi


Eye. 2013;27(2):285-287. 

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Incidence of diabetes mellitus (DM) is increasing globally. Around 90% of the burden is caused by type II diabetes, a preventable chronic disease. Approximately 4.56% of the UK population is diabetic, totalling just under 1.4 m. The incidence of both type I and type II diabetes is on the rise. Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a microvascular complication of DM. Both the duration of diabetes and glycaemic control are independent risk factors for severity and progression of DR. DR is more prevalent in older age groups with long-standing disease.