Current magnitude, trends of glaucoma- and diabetic retinopathy-related vision loss raise concern

TOKYO — The prevalence of glaucoma-related and diabetic retinopathy-related blindness has shown a decrease over the past 20 years, but there are reasons to be cautious about drawing overly optimistic conclusions, according to a global public health expert. “First of all, we must take into account that surveys on diabetic retinopathy- and glaucoma-related vision impairment are based on central [visual acuity] and are not taking into consideration visual field defect. Also, in epidemiological studies, the attribution of cause of blindness is, by rule, to the most curable cause,” Serge Resnikoff, (Read more...)

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