ARVO 2009 Meta Analysis of Diabetic Retinopathy

May 10, 2009

A poster presented at the 2009 ARVO Meeting of a systematic review and meta-analysis of diabetic retinopathy cases presented in the literature between 1975 and 2008 showed that the progression of proliferative retinopathy and severe visual impairment declined after 1985.

The study screened 3,130 abstracts and reviewed 323 full publications. Harry W. Flynn Jr., MD, and colleagues, reported that the incidence of progressive diabetic retinopathy at 4 years was 2.6% between 1986 and 2008 compared with 19.5% between 1975 and 1985. Severe vision loss was 3.2% between 1986 and 2008 vs. 9.7% between 1975 and 1985.

The poster also showed similar rates at 10 years.

“Although these findings are encouraging, [diabetes mellitus] continues to be a disease that is increasing in prevalence globally.” Dr. Flynn noted in the poster.

I wish the author(s) had explained what the findings meant.




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