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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

Abstract

HOFMAN, K J; COOK, C  and  LEVITT, N. Preventing diabetic blindness: A priority for South Africa. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2014, vol.104, n.10, pp.661-662. ISSN 2078-5135.

The prevalence of diabetes in South Africa is increasing rapidly, and diabetes is a significant cause of blindness. Diabetic complications can induce a cycle of poverty for affected families. Early detection of retinopathy and appropriate management can prevent blindness. Screening for retinopathy using a mobile retinal camera is highly cost-effective, with costs of screening and follow-up treatment being less than the expense of one year of a disability grant. Such a programme is a prime example of a 'best buy' that should be part of the national diabetes care package.

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