Diabetes eye care

Preventing blindness, enriching lives

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes estimated to affect more than 2.5 million people worldwide. It is a leading cause of blindness.

The problem
Raised blood glucose levels and blood pressure damage small vessels, including retinal vessels. Eye disease caused by diabetes (diabetic retinopathy) is the leading cause of acquired blindness globally, affecting more than one third of people with diabetes.

WDF's response
If detected early, diabetic retinopathy can be treated and blindness prevented. The WDF therefore supports effective management of diabetes in primary healthcare, including regular screening for diabetic retinopathy. In addition to training healthcare professionals and
establishing referral systems, the WDF also supports procurement of the equipment needed tprovide eye examinations and treatment.