This compendium is intended as a guide to diabetes-related eye disease for primary care providers (PCPs), who treat the vast majority of people with diabetes in the United States. Its goal is to provide the information PCPs need to understand the eye complications of diabetes and effectively counsel patients about them. The chapters included offer discussions of 1
) diabetes-related risk factors for vision impairment; 2
) cataracts and cataract surgery in people with diabetes; 3
) diabetes-related retinopathy (DR), including its pathogenesis, classification, diagnosis, and treatment; and 4
) the emotional aspects of diabetes-induced vision impairment. The underlying premise is that PCPs and ophthalmologists share common goals in collaborating to care for people with diabetes.
This publication has been supported by an unrestricted educational grant to the American Diabetes Association from Genentech.
The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Genentech or the American Diabetes Association. The content was developed by the authors and does not represent the policy or position of the American Diabetes Association, any of its boards or committees, or any of its journals or their editors or editorial boards.