Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a serious eye problem that can develop in people with diabetes and can lead to vision loss and blindness. It can damage people’s eyes before they know they have diabetes or experience any problems with their vision, but almost all severe vision loss from DR is preventable. Survey data from 2008 and 2016 suggests that the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes who receive yearly eye checks has increased, and the number experiencing vision loss from DR has decreased. However, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still at greater risk of developing diabetes and DR than non-Indigenous people.

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