For patients with diabetes, accessing the risk for the development of diabetic eye disease may be at their fingertips with a new app (Retina Risk App, Risk Medical Solutions), which is free and compatible with both Android and iOS operating systems.
“This mobile app should empower patients to better understand their own risk profiles for eye disease and motivate them to modify their personal risk factors,” Einar Stefánsson, MD, PhD, emphasized.
The availability and importance of a tool such as the app is underscored by how pervasive diabetes has become, said Dr. Stefánsson, professor of ophthalmology and physiology, University of Iceland, National University Hospital, Reykjavík.
“The global diabetes epidemic has tripled since 2000, to some 430 million persons worldwide, and is expected to exceed 600 million by 2045,” he noted. “Two-thirds of persons with diabetes develop diabetic retinopathy and one-third develop sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy over 20 years. These patients are at high risk of visual impairment or even blindness if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.”
Routine eye screenings and preventive treatment may reduce instances of blindness that can develop as a result of diabetes, which is where the app comes into play.
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