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Chair-side Reference: Diabetic Retinopathy


Michael Yapp
BOptom(Hons) MOptom GradCertOcTher FAAO


Diabetic retinopathy is a retinal microvascular disease. Typical lesions display a characteristic evolution and progression from non-proliferative to proliferative; however, macular oedema can occur at any level of retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy grading scales are critical to the appropriate management of the disease and are currently based on the appearance of retinal lesions using dilated fundus examination and/or retinal photography. OCT imaging is now used frequently in clinical practice and can assist practitioners to determine the nature and extent of diabetic retinopathy and other ocular pathology.

To assist in grading and interpreting diabetic retinopathy in clinical practice, Centre for Eye Health has developed a Diabetic Retinopathy Chair-side Reference which aims to provide optometrists with an overview of the appearance of diabetic retinopathy lesions using colour, red-free and OCT images. The reference also contains succinct information on pathophysiology and differential diagnoses associated with each of the lesions. Finally, it outlines the International Clinical Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema Disease Severity Scales.

This reference was developed by Paula Katalinic and Michael Yapp with input from the CFEH clinical team. During 2016, through the Centre’s continuing education program Learning for Visionand in conjunction with Optometry NSW/ACT, a series of chair-side references will be released to provide optometrists with a succinct reference summary of common ocular conditions.

Chair-side Reference: Diabetic Retinopathy

For details, visit the Centre for Eye Health Chairside References

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