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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 365

Awareness of diabetic retinopathy among diabetics

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Roy P. Awareness of diabetic retinopathy among diabetics. Indian J Ophthalmol 2003;51:365

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Dear Editor,

I read with great interest the article "Awareness of Diabetic Retinopathy among Diabetics" by Lalit Verma et al.1 At the outset I want to congratulate the authors for having highlighted the dismal state of our diabetics so far as their periodic eye examination is concerned. According to their study only 5.5% of diabetics who were under the care of either a diabetologist or a general physician had ocular examinations. The authors exphasised the role of health care providers in creating awareness among patients of the need for period eye examination.

Needless to say that it is no mean task for this general assertion to be transformed into specific action. Tunnel vision in sub-specialities such as Diabetology, General Medicine and Nephrology as is suggested by the study, needs to be targeted for correction. I suggest a simple solution to this burning public health issue. Let us henceforth shun the isolated terminologies like 'Diabetic Retinopathy' and 'Diabetic Nephropathy' and replace them by a more comprehensive term 'Diabetic Renal - Retinal Syndrome'. Nephropathy and retinopathy both being the sequelae of microangiopathy, more often than not go hand in hand.2 Also the term is a globally accepted one.3 Thus, this term becomes a part of day practice, both the attending physician and the suffering patient will automatically become aware of the need for eye/kidney examination/investigation.

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