Challenges to establishing nationwide diabetic retinopathy screening programs

Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2011 May;22(3):174-9. doi: 10.1097/ICU.0b013e32834595e8.


Purpose of review: To review the results of recently published studies on diabetic retinopathy screening.

Recent findings: Despite numerous public health campaigns and the existence of guidelines designed to promote annual retinal exams for diabetes patients, an unacceptably high number of patients are not screened for diabetic retinopathy. Current findings suggest the need for novel methods to improve compliance with retinal screening exams among diabetes patients to preserve vision functionality in this population.

Summary: Diabetic retinopathy represents a major cause of acquired vision loss. The following review addresses the factors that contribute to inadequate retinopathy screenings among diabetes patients and proposes solutions that have the potential to increase the quality and accessibility of screening programs for diabetes patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetic Retinopathy / diagnosis
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / epidemiology
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Patient Compliance
  • Telemedicine / methods
  • United States