Referral for Diabetic Ophthalmopathy: Why and When?



Prabal Bhargava

Ophthalmic Surgeon and Consultant. Brak Central Hospital. Brak. Libya.

Sebha Univ. J. Med. Sci. 2002. Vol. 3(1):64-67


Many systemic diseases are associated with ocular manifestations. Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of new blindness in adults. Considerable progress has been made for the detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease, helping to lift the threat of blindness from people with diabetes.
Ophthalmological examination is extremely important since timely treatment reduces serious vision loss by up to 95%. Thus medical practitioners must be well aware of the clinical features of diabetic ophthalmopathy and the best time to refer these patients to Ophthalmologists.

Keywords: Diabetic Retinopathy, Management, Blindnes Prevention.