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Subspecialties Retina, Imaging & Diagnostics, Diabetes, Health Economics and Policy, Business and Innovation

What’s on Our (DR) Radar?

Diabetes is becoming a global epidemic; the number of people affected worldwide has risen from 108 million in 1980 to an estimated 463 million in 2019, with an estimated 700 million by 2045 (1). Diabetic retinopathy (DR) and its sight-threatening effects are expected to sharply rise along with the increasing population of diabetics. DR is already one of the leading causes of blindness in the working age group. Establishing robust DR screening programs, as achieved during the last two decades in the UK, has been shown to be effective in tackling this growing issue (2); however, the current model of DR screening is prohibitively expensive for all but a few highly developed countries.

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About the Authors

Andrzej Grzybowski

Professor of Ophthalmology and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland. He is also a head of the Institute for Research in Ophthalmology, Poznań, Poland. You can reach him at [email protected]


Piotr Brona

Senior resident in Department of Ophthalmology, Poznań City Hospital, Poznań, Poland.

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