Why Australia needs a diabetic retinopathy screening program

One in four patients with diabetes will be diagnosed with the debilitating condition

Iceland is one of the few countries in the world to have a national screening program for diabetic retinopathy.

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Between 1980 and 1994, the prevalence of blindness in the diabetic population was reduced from 2.4% to 0.5% following its implementation.1

Similarly, the incidence of sight impairment in the diabetic population was almost halved in Wales over an eight-year period up to 2015 after a systematic approach to diabetic retinopathy screening was adopted.2

Yet research suggests that one in four Australians with