War on diabetes: An inside look

War on diabetes: More patients going for eye screening to detect problems early

About 150,000 diabetics had eye screening in the public sector in 2016, up from 131,000 in 2015 and 121,000 in 2014, said the Ministry of Health.
About 150,000 diabetics had eye screening in the public sector in 2016, up from 131,000 in 2015 and 121,000 in 2014, said the Ministry of Health. PHOTO: ST FILE

With more diabetic patients at risk of losing their sight to preventable eye disease, doctors and the health authorities are scaling up screening efforts, hoping to catch abnormalities before they get the chance to wreak havoc.

About 150,000 diabetics had eye screening in the public sector in 2016, up from 131,000 in 2015 and 121,000 in 2014, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). There are more than 400,000 diabetics in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'More patients going for eye screening to detect problems early'. Print Edition | Subscribe