We are working with Anglia Ruskin University, UK to reduce diabetic blindness.
Professor Dr Tirthalal Upadhyaya (pictured left), a lead endocrinologist at our Diabetes, Thyroid and Endocrine Care Centre (DTECC) in Pokhara, who also heads the Department of Medicine at Gandaki Medical College and Teaching Hospital is working with Vision and Eye Research Institute, Anglia Ruskin University (UK), to reduce the risk of blindness in diabetic patients.
Research from Anglia Ruskin University shows that Nepalese patients with diabetes have high levels of eye problems from diabetes. To reduce blindness from diabetes, you should have your eyes (retina) photographed every year.
In 2018, we launched a new system- we now request all our diabetes patients to get their eyes photographed. So, far 25236 patients out of 28356 (89%) have been tested for changes in the eyes. This means taking a photograph of the back of the eyes to look for diabetic changes. If these patients have not had their eyes photographed they would have been at a much greater (60-90%) risk of blindness.
Before we started this program, only about 28% of patients would have their eyes tested for diabetic eye disease. This means we can help patients save their sight.
Pokhara (2018). Diabetic workshop to improve eyecare and diabetes control.
Diabetic doctor, ophthalmologist, Optometrist, Dietician, Sports Scientist, Psychiatrist, behavioral Psychologist, public health professional, patient, and representatives from Diabetes and Endocrinology Association of Nepal and Nepal Health Research Council participated.
Clinical Trial - Please Take Part
Diabetic patients participating in the workshops.
In partnership with the vision and Eye Research Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, our doctors are taking part in clinical trial (Trial Number: ISRCTN10990062) to see how training videos help people in controlling diabetes. Our early data from the trial show that people understand the need for having photographs of the eyes.
Nearly all of our patients (98%) who received awareness training went to have their eyes photographed. The training for diabetes has also improved blood sugar levels. 82% of our patients who received training managed to control their blood sugars adequately after 3 months.
We are launching the second phase of the trial- please get in touch if you would like to take part.
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