A GP guide to diabetic retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of preventable blindness in working-aged people.
It is identified in one-third of people with diabetes, and its presence is associated with increased risk of systemic and potentially life-threatening complications of diabetes.1
Surveillance for retinopathy allows early detection; treatment earlier in the disease process may prevent blindness.
Under new Medicare item numbers introduced in November 2016, GPs can receive a rebate for conducting surveillance for DR using a retinal camera.