Chapter

Maculopathy

Rebecca Lone

in Diabetic Retinopathy

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199544967
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199544967.003.0006

Series: Oxford Diabetes Library

Maculopathy

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• Maculopathy is one of the commonest causes of blindness in the Western world. • In diabetic populations diabetic maculopathy causes blindness in 80% of cases due to diabetic retinopathy (DR). • It is defined as a disease of the macula region located within the retina. • Screening for diabetic maculopathy and identification of surrogate markers for clinically significant macula oedema (CSMO) will identify sight-threatening maculopathy at a stage when there is the best potential laser treatment outcome. • There are three main types of maculopathy: exudative, ischaemic, and cystoid maculopathy due to diabetes, all of which have a detrimental effect on visual acuity (VA) if untreated.

Chapter.  2185 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ophthalmology

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