Study populations

Bulgaria, in 2016, had an estimated population of 7.1m with 14% under the age of 15 years and 20% over the age of 65 years. Over the next few decades, the total population is expected to decrease by 27% with a marked change in the age distribution. By 2050, those under the age of 15 years will make up 15% of the total population whereas 29% will be 65 years or older.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 459,200 people living with the condition and an estimated 199,000 undiagnosed cases.

Report & Infographic

 Cover page for Bulgaria Study Report. For accessible PDF version of full report click the image.
Info-graphic containing overview of findings. For an accessible PDF please click the image

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist

0% In time for screening, 100% When visual problems have already occurred, 0% Too late for effective treatment
(Ophthamologists n=6)
In time for screening When visual problems have already occurred Too late for effective treatment

Percentage of health care providers who share patient data with other professionals to optimize patient care

50% Yes, 33.3% No, 16.7% Don't Know
(All providers n=6)
Don't Know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

50% Vision loss, 25% Amputation, 10.7% Neuropathy
(Adults with diabetes n=28)
Vision loss Amputation

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

24.1% Every visit, 17.2% Multiple times per year, 24.1% Once a year, 24.1% When symptoms arise, 6.9% Never
(Adults with diabetes n=29)
Every visit Multiple times per year Once a year When symptoms arise Never

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