Managing diabetic retinopathy: the partnership between ophthalmologist and primary care physician.


Diabetic retinopathy (DR), an ocular complication of diabetes mellitus, is the leading cause of blindness in Americans age 20 to 74 today. The more severe stage of the disease, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, affects an estimated 700,000 Americans. Based on clinical findings, the disease is generally classified as nonproliferative DR or proliferative DR… (More)


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