Diabetic retinopathy – the Ophthalmology Society of Southern Africa screening programme

Stephen Paul Cook


Screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR) not only allows for detection of microvascular complications, but for detection of other comorbidities. Recent advances in digital camera technology have improved screening for DR and many countries have established systems that screen all diabetics for DR annually. However, South Africa has lagged behind due to pressures at the primary care level, with the result that many diabetics are not screened. In response, the Ophthalmology Society of Southern Africa has developed a low-cost ‘scorecard’ system for a national DR screening programme. 

Author's affiliations

Stephen Paul Cook, Frere and CMH Hospitals, East London, South Africa; Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa

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Diabetic retinopathy; screening; database; patient held record; grading system; Quality Assurance

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South African Medical Journal 2013;103(7):449-451. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7136

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Date submitted: 2013-06-06
Date published: 2013-06-10

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