Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetic Retinopathy and Treatments to Preserve Vision – patient information to assist informed consent

This RANZCO patient education pamphlet provides information on treatment of diabetic retinopathy.
The topics discussed include:
-   Anatomy of the retina
-   Non-proliferative retinopathy and proliferative retinopathy
-   Diagnosis, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fluorescein angiography.

The different treatments for diabetic retinopathy described are:
-   Anti-VEGF drugs
-   Vitrectomy
-   Laser photocoagulation.

This leaflet can be a useful tool for diabetic patients as the benefits, risks and limitations of the different treatments are discussed in detail. The possible complications of treatment are listed on page 4 to assist the informed-consent process.

Mi-tec publishes 16 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology patient information brochures. Treatment of diabetic retinopathy is described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The  RANZCO patient information brochures are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.