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Aust Fam Physician. 2009 Oct;38(10):780-3.

Retinopathy--screening recommendations.

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  • 1Discipline of General Practice, The University of Queensland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an increasingly prevalent presentation in Australian general practice, where most patients receive their preventive care and management.

OBJECTIVE:

In this article we discuss the relevant issues for clinicians and the screening recommendations for diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy.

DISCUSSION:

Screening for diabetic retinopathy is a crucial component of preventive care, with early identification of change and timely treatment likely to prevent most blindness. Despite this, a quarter of Australians with diabetes are not appropriately screened. General practitioners must take a key role in initiating, delivering or monitoring their patient's diabetic retinopathy screening to reduce preventable blindness from diabetes mellitus. Hypertensive retinopathy indicates end organ disease but regular screening for hypertensive retinopathy is not routinely recommended.

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19893816
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