Screening for diabetic retinopathy in youth-onset diabetes
The incidence of diabetes is on the rise in the youth of the United States. Although in the past, type 1 diabetes (T1DM) was diagnosed more commonly in adolescents and young adults, the incidence of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) has increased dramatically over the last 2 decades in the United States as rates of obesity also have soared.1 Accompanying the increase in diabetes is an increase in diabetic retinopathy, a microvascular complication that potentially can lead to blindness. In this issue of Ophthalmology, Wang et al2 used data from records of beneficiaries in a large, nationwide managed care network in the United States to identify risk factors associated with the risk of diabetic retinopathy developing in youths with either T1DM or T2DM
Citation: Chew, Emily Y. Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy in Youth-Onset Diabetes. Ophthalmology 2017 Apr;124(4):422-423.