With the proliferation of diabetes around the globe, ophthalmologists located in countries that are treating diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema (DME) more often now are in need of detailed guidelines to assist them.
This is what led a team of eye care providers to recently update the International Council of Ophthalmology's (ICO) Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care.
The original guidelines were released in 2013. Yet in the couple of years since those guidelines were published, there have been changes that warranted an update, said Tien Yin Wong, MD, PhD, medical director, Singapore National Eye Centre, and academic chair, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Program, Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Dr. Wong is chairman of the 2016 Diabetic Eye Care Committee that updated the guidelines.
"The ICO felt the need for a revised set of guidelines. First, there's the changing epidemiology of diabetes affecting many countries outside of the Western world, but there are no guidelines for many of these developing countries with lower resources than in the Western developed countries with more resources and more ophthalmologists," Dr. Wong said.
Dr. Wong and Dr. Bearelly have no related disclosures.