Lege Artis Medicinae

[Diabetic retinopathy]

EVA M Kohner1

APRIL 27, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(04)

[Of all the long-term complications of diabetes, retinopathy is the one that has attracted the most interest - and the most debate. This is not only because the condition often leads to vision loss in working-age patients, but also because, although the clinical course is well understood, the pathological process that causes the lesion and vision loss is not fully understood. In fact, we do not even know why retinopathy progresses so rapidly in some patients that even close care and early treatment do not prevent vision loss, while in others retinopathy progresses slowly and remains mild for years. However, much progress has been made in this area over the last decade. Although more pieces are still missing from the retinopathy mosaic, we are beginning to understand what is really happening and may soon have an idea of how to prevent the blindness-threatening forms of retinopathy.]

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  1. Professor of medical ophthalmology, Hammersmith Hospital London

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