Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 10, October 2009

Retinopathy Screening recommendations

Geoffrey Spurling Claire Jackson Deborah A Askew
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Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an increasingly prevalent presentation in Australian general practice, where most patients receive their preventive care and management.
In this article we discuss the relevant issues for clinicians and the screening recommendations for diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy.
Screening for diabetic retinopathy is a crucial component of preventive care, with early identification of change and timely treatment likely to prevent most blindness. Despite this, a quarter of Australians with diabetes are not appropriately screened. General practitioners must take a key role in initiating, delivering or monitoring their patient’s diabetic retinopathy screening to reduce preventable blindness from diabetes mellitus. Hypertensive retinopathy indicates end organ disease but regular screening for hypertensive retinopathy is not routinely recommended.

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