Diabetic Retinopathy  /  Economic Value

Diabetes is becoming increasingly common in industrialized and even developing countries.  A serious and irreversible complication of diabetes--diabetic retinopathy (DR)--could impact as many as 191 million people around the globe by 2030. Despite the fact that DR is a leading cause of vision loss around the world, as many as 50% of people with diabetes are not getting regular eye exams, or are diagnosed too late for treatment to be effective.  The diabetic retinopathy fact sheet was released on May 19th during a webcast.  Click here to read the transcript, see the slides, and listen to the webcast audio.

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    • DR Treatment Savings in the US
      Every year, the U.S. saves an estimated $1.6 billion by treating DR.  
    • Economics of DR Treatment
      Laser treatment plus a VEGF inhibitor achieved an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of $12,410 per quality adjusted life year in patients with DME.