GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - A community awareness and diabetic retinopathy screening was held at Jowai in Meghalaya recently, according to a press release.
Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is a neurovascular disorder that affects minute blood vessels of the retina and eventually causes painless loss of vision and blindness.
According to International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in India there were 67 million diabetics in 2014 which will rise to 109 million in 2035.
To increase awareness, Department of Community Ophthalmology of Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati in collaboration with Meghalaya State Blindness Control Society and others conducted an awareness meet and screening for DR in Jowai recently.
An eight-member team led by Dr Harsha Bhattacharjee conducted the screening. About 26 per cent of the patients were found to be diabetic and 10 per cent of those were suffering from Diabetic Retinopathy, the release said.