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Diabetic retinopathy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

These key facts have been developed by the Australian Indigenous HeathInfoNet and The Fred Hollows Foundation. They aim to provide information that will assist health care providers in their everyday practice.

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a serious eye problem that can develop in people with diabetes and can lead to vision loss and blindness. It can damage the eye before people know they have diabetes or experience any problems with their vision. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes are now more likely to receive yearly eye checks than in the past and are less likely to experience vision loss due to DR. However, they are still at greater risk of developing diabetes and DR than non-Indigenous people.

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