Concurrent with population  , diabetes has reached epidemic proportions   and is fast becoming one of the leading causes of death and disability.  As a chronic, progressive, and systemic disease, diabetes with its serious and   burden of   will increase substantially over the next two decades.

The loss of vision is one of the most feared health problems and yet the prevalence of   diabetic eye diseases including diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME) is increasing globally in this region at a rapid rate.  The implications of vision loss for individuals and societies are significant and widespread, including limiting the ability to conduct daily tasks including work, driving, and managing personal health.  In addition, there are currently systemic gaps that must be addressed for people with diabetes to have improved vision health outcomes:

  • Inadequate patient education about prevention of DR and DME;
  • Limited availability and use of professional guidelines and protocols for health professionals;
  • Inadequate and unequal access to screening and treatment; and
  • Lack of coordination across the diabetes patient care pathway.

Weather Barometer

To improve understanding of the complex global, regional and specific country issues giving rise to increased prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) and Diabetic Macular Edema (DME), a comprehensive, two-phase, multi-country study was conducted in 41 countries around the world.  This ground-breaking study shines a spotlight on the status of prevention, assessment treatment of diabetic eye disease (DED), as well as the real-life experiences of people living with the condition and the perspectives of the clinicians they interact with.

The global  and series of country reports that synthesized and describes responses from over 7,000 participants are important sources of information (evidence) that can form an initial knowledge platform of influence to inform and shape vision-related policy.

About the DR Barometer Study

Patient Experiences of DR and DME


The DR Barometer Community is a growing multidisciplinary network of thought leaders and organizations who are working together to address gaps in diabetes patient care. Join today to help improve vision health outcomes among people living with diabetes.