UWF imaging could change diabetic retinopathy care and treatment
by: Jack Woodfield

A new class of ultrawide field (UWF) cameras may lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating diabetic eye disease.UWF systems generate high-resolution images extremely quickly, which can be evaluated more efficiently by experts than conventional ETDRS (Early Treatment Diabetic RetinopathyStudy) photos, according to Paolo Silva, M.D., at the Joslin Diabetes Centre’s Beetham Eye Institute.
The results of a study conducted at Joslin revealed that UWF images detect diabetic retinal lesions predominantly in peripheral areas of the retina, but these are not picked up by traditional retinal photographs.
These lesions were shown by Joslin researchers to increase the risk of progressing to advanced stages of vision-threatening blindness – increased five-fold.
Senior author Lloyd Paul Aiello, M.D., PhD, Director of the Beetham Institute, Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, said: “What was a big surprise is how much of a risk this added and how much of the disease was found outside of the area we’ve traditionally evaluated.”
Further trials are now underway in the United States: 350 diabetes patients are being evaluated with UWF imaging over a four-year period, which could lead to changes in care and research for diabetes patients……..
Source: Diabetes UK
 
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