The DR Barometer Program aims to improve the vision health of adults living with diabetes around the world.  This collaborative program was initiated with the ground-breaking 41 country DR Barometer Study, that identified serious gaps in patient awareness and education of diabetic eye diseases, as well as barriers to screening and treatment services at a country level that require urgent attention.

To address gaps and promote forward action, the DR Barometer Program brings together key stakeholders (including patients, ophthalmologists, diabetes specialists, primary care providers, diabetes educators, governments, and industry) to establish and maintain a global community.


A world where people do not experience preventable vision loss due to diabetes


To improve vision health outcomes for adults with diabetes, by:

  • Mobilizing action at the country and regional levels
  • Enhancing education and engagement of adults with diabetes and their families about diabetes-related vision complications including risks, prevention, screening, and treatment options
  • Promoting awareness and uptake of guidelines and protocols for preventing, screening, and treating diabetes-related vision complications among healthcare professionals including primary care, diabetes specialists, and ophthalmologists
  • Influencing healthcare professionals and organizations to use coordinated, patient-centered, ‘systems level’ approaches to preventing and managing diabetes-related vision complications


The DR Barometer Program aims to be the global point of connection for ‘evidence-to-action’ around diabetes-related vision complications.

Core Values:

  • Evidence-to-action: The DR Barometer Program promotes the uptake of the latest evidence related to diabetes-related vision complications into policy and practice.
  • Outcome focused: The activities of the DR Barometer Program serve as a means for improving vision health outcomes among adults with diabetes.
  • Collaboration: The DR Barometer Program encourages individuals and organizations to work collaboratively across different disciplines, professional fields, with a shared vision.
  • Person-centred: The DR Barometer Program prioritizes the needs of adults with diabetes and their families as key decision makers in their health.

Program Partners

International Federation on Ageing (IFA)

The IFA is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with a membership base comprising government, NGOs, industry, academia and individuals in 70 countries. IFA is a voice alongside and on behalf of older adults globally and has General Consultative Status at the United Nations and its agencies including the World Health Organization.

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

The IAPB was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organisation to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities. Its first major achievement was to promote the establishment of a WHO programme for prevention of blindness, with which it has remained strongly linked, and which is now embodied in the global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.

International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

The IDF is an umbrella organization of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk of developing the disease. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950.


Bayer is a global enterprise with a focus on the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. The Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. Bayer has funded and facilitated this research, and holds an advisory role within the DR Barometer Program.

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