Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHello and welcome to this course on Diabetic Eye Disease, strengthening services The number of people with diabetes is predicted to increase by 48% to 629 million by 2045 4 out of 5 people with diabetes live in low and middle income countries and half the people with diabetes do not know they have it. These statistics cannot be ignored Even by health systems with several competiting priorities Diabetic Eye disease is a serious complication Putting someone with diabetes at risk of going blind To prevent diabetes related visual impairment or blindness requires the strengthening of both Public Health and clinical services within existing health systems. We need to develop and impliment local models of care And explore bespoke solutions for local context.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsIn this course, we highlight the key facts about Diabetic Eye Disease, the epidemiology and the public health control strategy. We share examples of models of care. that are already in practice, from screening to treatment. If you are comfortable sharing personal information, we ask you to add a note in your profile about your country. This will allow for local networking between learners. and enable us to direct you to examples relevant to your location. So welcome to the first week understanding the challenge of diabetic eye disease. This week we introduce-- what is diabetic eye disease, and how big is the problem? We consider-- what is the impact on individuals as well as health services?

Skip to 2 minutes and 11 secondsAnd introduce the principles of public health strategies for the control. We also introduce our hypothetical case study, - Omro - and explore the challenges it faces. Work through the materials on each step at your own pace. You can also download and work on them offline if that's better for you. We encourage you to join in the discussion at the end of each step and share your thoughts and views as you go along. Track your progress at the top of the page and through out the course we will aim to answer any questions you may have during this course. So let's get started.

Welcome to the course and week 1

The number of people with diabetes is predicted to increase by 48% to 629 million by 2045.

Diabetic eye disease is a serious complication, putting someone with diabetes at risk of going blind. To prevent diabetes related visual impairment or blindness, requires the strengthening of both public health and clinical services within existing health systems.

In this first week, we consider the magnitude of diabetes and diabetic eye disease, assess modifiable and non modifiable risk factors for developing diabetic retinopathy (DR) and finally explore what does this all mean for health systems?

By the end of this first week you should be able to:

  • Describe the natural history and pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus and its classification
  • Know and understand the pathophysiology of complications of diabetes mellitus within the eye
  • Describe the magnitude (prevalence) and risk factors for diabetes and diabetic eye disease
  • Understand and apply the simplified international classification of DR and diabetic macular oedema
  • Interpret the financial and social burden of DED (visual loss and management) for individual patient and health system
  • Evaluate the public health approach for the control of diabetic eye disease
  • Apply your learning to address the challenges the health services face with managing diabetic eye disease in a hypothetical population.

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Diabetic Eye Disease: Building Capacity To Prevent Blindness

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine