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The Likeliness of Diabetic Retinopathy Progressing to Blindness

Jun 29, 2021
 
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Macrina Ghali, PharmD Candidate 2021, Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

A cohort study evaluated the relationship between the severity of newly diagnosed diabetic retinopathy in adult patients and the incidence of progression to sustained blindness. 

Diabetes remains the leading cause of adult-onset blindness, as a result of diabetic retinopathy (DR). As DR progresses, abnormal retinal blood vessels grow to increase oxygen supply to the retina's hypoxic areas. Progression can eventually lead to diabetic macular edema, potentially causing leakage of hyperpermeable capillaries and vision loss. A retrospective cohort study was conducted to evaluate the relationship between DR severity and the incidence of progression to blindness in patients with diabetes. 

 

Researchers used patient data from the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Intelligent Research in Sight (IRIS) registry to identify patients with newly diagnosed DR and good vision....

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