In connection with the World Diabetes Day - 14 November, at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science of MU-Varna and the Specialized Eye Hospital – Varna, screening for diabetic retinopathy will be conducted, aimed at patients with diabetes mellitus, in whom diabetic retinopathy has not been detected so far. The examinations will be conducted from 09.11.2015 till 13.11.2015, at the Specialized Eye Hospital in Varna, after making prior appointment via tel. 052 634 901.
Diabetes mellitus is the most common endocrine disease. In 2013 the number of people suffering from it was 382 million worldwide, and it is expected to increase to 592 million by 2035. In Bulgaria, people suffering from diabetes are about 500 000. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common complications in diabetes mellitus with chronic progressive course. It affects the vessels of the retina, and If not treated, it causes reduction, and in some cases, loss of vision. Diabetic retinopathy is the main cause of blindness among working age population, between 20 and 65 years of age, in economically developed countries. Its average incidence rate among people with diabetes is 35%. Diabetic retinopathy is asymptomatic in the initial stages of its development. Only early detection and timely commenced treatment may reduce the risk of vision loss and disability in the affected patients.