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Diabetic Eye Disease: Building Capacity To Prevent Blindness

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via FutureLearn


Gain practical knowledge to reduce risk of vision loss from diabetic eye disease

The number of adults with diabetes is predicted to increase by more than 50% to 642 million by 2040. Diabetic eye disease is a range of ocular complications experienced by people with diabetes. Recent global trends have found an alarming increase in the magnitude of vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy, highlighting the need to strengthen health services to prevent blindness.

Through this online course you will learn the key facts about diabetic eye disease and its management, and how health teams and people with diabetes can work together to reduce the risk of vision loss and blindness.

This course is designed for ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nurses, clinical ophthalmic officers, diabetes nurses, diabetic eye disease screeners and graders, public health specialists, eye health programme managers and planners, diabetologists, general practitioners and all health care personnel involved in supporting people with diabetes.


  • The challenge of diabetic eye disease
    • Welcome to the course
    • Introducing diabetes
    • Diabetes and the eye
    • The challenge of diabetic retinopathy
    • Planning services for diabetic eye disease: Where to start?
  • Early detection: What is screening for diabetic eye disease
    • Screening as a public health approach
    • Selecting the right screening test
    • Access to and acceptance of screening
    • Planning services for diabetic eye disease
  • How do we carry out diabetic retinopathy screening?
    • Building partnerships and pathways
    • Creating a team approach to screening and grading
    • Setting priorities and monitoring implementation
  • Treating diabetic eye disease
    • Health systems and treatment decisions
    • Managing treatment options
    • Ask the experts
    • Models of treatment services
    • Course summary

Taught by

Dr Daksha Patel ( Lead Educator)


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  • Anonymous
    A very good course. Increased my understanding of diabetic retinopathy and it's treatment. The procedure s mentioned can reduce the blindness due to retinopathy.
  • If you have diabetes, you’re also more likely to get a rare condition called neovascular glaucoma. This makes new blood vessels grow on the iris, the colored part of your eye. They block the normal flow of fluid and raise eye pressure.

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