natural history of diabetic retinopathy

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natural history of diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is essentially, but not exclusively, a microvascular disease. In the absence any interventions, the disease usually progress from mild to more severe stages in an orderly fashion.

  • it can involve the peripheral retina, the macula, or both

The classification of diabetic retinopathy is mainly based on two factors- the presence or absence of new vessels and the presence or absence of subfoveal macular oedema (2)

  • based on the presence or absence of new vessels, DR can be divided into:
    • non proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR)
    • proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) (3)

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Last reviewed 11/2020