Trends in blindness due to diabetic retinopathy among adults aged 18-69 years over a decade in Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Tracey, Marsha L.
dc.contributor.author McHugh, Sheena M.
dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Anthony P.
dc.contributor.author Buckley, Claire M.
dc.contributor.author Canavan, Ronan J.
dc.contributor.author Kearney, Patricia M.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-30T11:20:24Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-30T11:20:24Z
dc.date.issued 2016-08-30
dc.identifier.citation Tracey, M.L., McHugh, S.M., Fitzgerald, A.P., Buckley, C.M., Canavan, R.J. and Kearney, P.M. (2016) 'Trends in blindness due to diabetic retinopathy among adults aged 18–69 years over a decade in Ireland', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 121, pp.1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2016.08.016 en
dc.identifier.volume 121 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 8 en
dc.identifier.issn 0168-8227
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3143
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.diabres.2016.08.016
dc.description.abstract Aims: To describe trends in the incidence of visual impairment and blindness due to diabetic retinopathy among adults aged 18–69 years in Ireland between 2004 and 2013. Methods: Data on visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy in adults aged 18–69 years or over who are registered with the National Council for the Blind of Ireland, (2004–2013) were analysed. Annual incidence rates were calculated for the adult population and the population with diagnosed diabetes. Poisson regression was used to test for changes in rates over time. The relative, attributable and population risk of blindness and visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy were calculated for 2013. Results: Over the decade, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes increased from 2.1% to 3.6%. Among people with diagnosed diabetes, the incidence of visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy increased from 6.4 (95% CI 2.4–13.9) per 100,000 in 2004 to 11.7 (95% CI 5.9–21.0) per 100,000 in 2013. The incidence of blindness due to diabetic retinopathy varied from 31.9 per 100,000 (95% CI 21.6–45.7) in 2004 to 14.9 per 100,000 (95% CI 8.2–25.1) in 2013. Conclusions: Our findings indicate the need for increased attention to preventive measures for microvascular complications among adults with diabetes in Ireland. Retinopathy screening has been standardised in Ireland, these findings provide useful baseline statistics to monitor the impact of this population-based screening programme. en
dc.description.sponsorship Health Research Board (Leadership Award in Diabetes RL/2013/7); Centre for Ageing and Development Research in Ireland (Leadership Fellowship) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd en
dc.rights © 2016, Elsevier Ireland Ltd. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Diabetes en
dc.subject Diabetic retinopathy en
dc.subject Trends en
dc.subject Epidemiology en
dc.subject Adults en
dc.title Trends in blindness due to diabetic retinopathy among adults aged 18-69 years over a decade in Ireland en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Marsha Tracey, Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: m.treacy@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2017-08-30
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.contributor.funder Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress m.treacy@ucc.ie
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress m.treacy@ucc.ie en


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