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Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
ISSN: 1995-7262
Vol. 25, No. 4, 2013, pp. 116-120
Bioline Code: mm13029
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2013, pp. 116-120

 en ‘Teaching corner’: Management of Diabetic Retinopathy
Ellis, D.; Burgess, P. I. & Kayange, P.


Sub-Saharan Africa faces an epidemic of diabetes. Visual loss from diabetic retinopathy (DR) is both preventable and treatable. This article reviews the epidemiology and clinical features of DR and current evidencebased interventions in three areas: primary prevention of retinopathy by optimum medical management, early detection of pre-symptomatic disease and management of established retinopathy to prevent or mitigate visual loss. There are significant challenges to DR care in resource poor environments. Appropriate provision of effective interventions by health services can reduce social and economic costs associated with patient care.

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