Ocular morbidity among diabetics attending the preventive ophthalmic clinic of a tertiary care institute with special reference to diabetic retinopathy


  • Anjum B. Fazili Department of Community Medicine, SKIMS, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Rohul J. Shah Department of Community Medicine, SKIMS, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Mohd D. Mir Consultant Ophthalmology, District Hospital Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Asif Jasmine Department of Ophthalmology, GMC Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Feroz A. Wani Department of Community Medicine, GMC Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Beenish Mushtaq Department of Community Medicine, SKIMS-MC Bemina, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Qazi M. Iqbal Department of Community Medicine, GMC Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, India




Diabetic retinopathy, Ocular Morbidity, Prevalence, Risk factors


Background: Non communicable diseases have taken over previously life threatening infections in the demographic transition. As the burden of NCDs including diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate the complications related to these diseases are also increasing leading to huge morbidity. Likewise, blindness/ visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy is now slowly and steadily replacing refractive errors and cataracts as a cause of morbidity.

Methods: This cross sectional study was carried over a period of one year in an ophthalmic unit of a tertiary health care institute in which known diabetic patients were screened for diabetic retinopathy besides various modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors.

Results: Overall prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in our study population was found to be 29.0%. Among various risk factors duration of diabetes, hypertension, HbA1C >6.5% and serum creatinine >1.1 mg/dl were found to be significantly associated with diabetic retinopathy.

Conclusion: Regular screening for diabetic retinopathy besides prevention and strict control of risk factors is key to prevention and progression of blindness/ visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy.


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How to Cite

Fazili, A. B., Shah, R. J., Mir, M. D., Jasmine, A., Wani, F. A., Mushtaq, B., & Iqbal, Q. M. (2019). Ocular morbidity among diabetics attending the preventive ophthalmic clinic of a tertiary care institute with special reference to diabetic retinopathy. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 7(10), 3722–3729. https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20194299



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