Retinopathy at Diagnosis of Diabetes, with Special Reference to Patients under 40 Years of AgeBr Med J 1969; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5670.567 (Published 06 September 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;3:567
- N. G. Soler,
- M. G. Fitzgerald,
- J. M. Malins,
- R. O. C. Summers
Diabetic retinopathy was present in 7·5% of 5,157 newly diagnosed patients seen at the Birmingham General Hospital Diabetic Clinic between 1960 and 1967. Although die condition becomes commoner with increasing age it is found in 1·5% of patients aged 20 to 39 years. The aetiology is discussed, the conclusion being that in young as in elderly diabetics asymptomatic diabetes of long duration is the main factor.