New insight into diabetic eye disease finds that Indian Singaporeans more prone to vision loss

Indian Singaporean patients more prone to developing disease and vision loss: Study

Dr Gavin Tan, a consultant ophthalmologist with SNEC's surgical retina department, demonstrating how laser treatment can be used for a patient's diabetic eye disease.
Dr Gavin Tan, a consultant ophthalmologist with SNEC's surgical retina department, demonstrating how laser treatment can be used for a patient's diabetic eye disease.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Indian Singaporeans with diabetes have a higher chance of developing diabetic eye disease and vision loss compared with their Chinese and Malay counterparts, a local study has found.

This was even after accounting for risk factors for the disease, such as how well patients controlled their blood sugar level and blood pressure, and how long they have had diabetes for.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline 'New insight into diabetic eye disease'. Subscribe