Telescreening for Diabetic Retinopathy in South India

  • Tarun Sharma
  • Rajiv Raman
  • Sheila John
  • S. S. Badrinath


Worldwide, the prevalence of diabetes mellitus, particularly type II diabetes, is rising at an alarming rate. The global prevalence of diabetes is estimated to increase, from 4% in 1995 to 5.4% by 2025 [1]. The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted that the major burden will occur in the developing countries. The countries with the largest number of diabetic people are, and will be in the year 2025, India, China, and United States [1]. If we look at the absolute numbers, WHO and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) have estimated that the worldwide number of adult-onset diabetes cases will double – from the current 171 million to 366 million cases – by 2030 [2]. In developed countries, the rate of increase is projected at approximately 42%, and in developing countries, particularly in India, it is projected at 150% [2].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tarun Sharma
    • 1
  • Rajiv Raman
    • 1
  • Sheila John
    • 2
  • S. S. Badrinath
    • 3
  1. 1.Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal ServicesSankara Nethralaya Eye InstituteChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of TeleophthalmologySankara Nethralaya Eye InstituteChennaiIndia
  3. 3.Sankara Nethralaya Eye InstituteChennaiIndia

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