Diabetic Retinopathy

Patient Information about Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)

Early screening for Diabetic Retinopathy could help protect your vision1

Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, which can affect your eyesight and can even cause blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of preventable vision loss among people of age group 20-79 years2.

You may not experience any noticeable symptoms during the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. However, when the symptoms present themselves, treatment may only halt or slow the progress of the condition and not restore your vision. If diabetic retinopathy is detected early, treatment could help to reduce or prevent further vision damage.1

About Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease which occurs when blood vessels in the retina, at back of the eye, change. People who have diabetic retinopathy often don't notice changes in their vision in the disease's early stages. But as it progresses, it usually causes vision loss which in many cases, cannot be reversed.

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Remote DR Screening

Remote DR Screening can help to detect diabetic retinopathy early, even before any noticeable changes in vision. With remote DR screening, the retina, at the back of the eye, is photographed and the images are transferred to remote DR screening experts, who check the photographs for any signs of diabetic retinopathy and record their findings in a report.

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DR Screening Report

The DR Screening Report is a document that generally talks about whether a patient may be suffering from diabetic retinopathy or not.


It contains the patient’s retinal images, clinical findings observed and recommendations from a DR screening expert.

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  • 1 Rohan TE, Frost CD, Wald NJ. Prevention of blindness by screening for diabetic retinopathy: a quantitative assessment. BMJ 1989;299: 1198-20
  • 2 Yau JWY, Rogers SL, Kawasaki R, et al. Global prevalence and major risk factors of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes Care. 2012;35(3):556-564. doi:10.2337/dc11-1909