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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 916-920

Community care for diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma in India: A panel discussion

1 Smt.Kanuri Santhamma Retina Vitreous Centre, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
2 Department of Glaucoma, Suraj Eye Institute, Nagpur, India
3 Department of Retina and Vitreous, Vittala Eye Institute, Bangalore, India
4 Gullapalli Prathibha Rao International Center for Advancement of Rural Eye Care, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India

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Taraprasad Das
L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_910_17

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Diabetic retinopathy (DR) and glaucoma are emerging causes of blindness and visual impairment in India and the world. Both diseases do not have any early warning symptoms, and once the symptoms appear, the diseases are reasonably advanced. Because of the long-standing nature of the diseases, one cannot adopt the cataract detection and treatment model so successfully developed in India. It requires an altogether different approach for screening and related infrastructure including human capital development. The solutions developed to reduce the burden of DR/glaucoma should be customized to urban, semi-urban, and rural areas. Greater advocacy, improving the health-seeking behavior, development of infrastructure and skilled personnel appropriate for the points of care, and an emphasis in comprehensive eye care are some of the solutions.

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