Doctors failing to deal with diabetes-related eye damage

Doctors and optometrists lack proficiency in dealing with diabetic patients at risk of eye damage, according to University of Western Australia researchers.

Early detection and prompt treatment could prevent almost every case of diabetic retinopathy, a condition caused by diabetes which results in retina damage, yet only a fifth of general practitioners were confident in detecting it.

More than half of optometrists lack confidence in detecting macular oedema, a swelling in the retina caused by diabetes, although most felt confident in dealing with it once changes were detected.

Read more at University of Western Australia