Aus study flags vision-threatening eye disease in diabetic pregnancies

Close follow-up is needed for women with diabetic retinopathy who develop macular oedema, researchers say
Diabetic retinopathy: 3D illustration shows macular oedema, optic disc oedema and hard exudates.

One in nine pregnant women with pregestational type 1 or type 2 diabetes have advanced diabetic retinopathy that threatens vision, according to the first Australian study of its kind in 40 years.

Among the prospectively-recruited cohort of women attending one of two Melbourne obstetric hospitals, one quarter had diabetic retinopathy, similar to the non-pregnant diabetic population.