Prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in a primary care setting using digital retinal imaging technology

  • Say Hien Keah
  • Kooi Seng Chng
Keywords: diabetic retinopathy, digital retinal imaging, diabetic retinopathy severity scales

Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in a primary care setting using digital retinal imaging technology and to quantify the degree of diabetic retinopathy using internationally accepted severity scales. Two hundred patients with type 2 diabetes were evaluated clinically followed by fundus photography. The prevalence of retinopathy and maculopathy was 47.4% and 59.2% respectively (both retinopathy and maculopathy 34.7%). The high prevalence of retinal abnormality in this study is a cause for concern as most patients had diabetes for only 5 years or less.

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Published
2006-03-31
How to Cite
KeahS. H., & ChngK. S. (2006). Prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in a primary care setting using digital retinal imaging technology. Malaysian Family Physician, 1(1), 4. Retrieved from https://www.e-mfp.org/ojs3/index.php/MFP/article/view/229
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