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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

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist


(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


(All providers n=6)

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about


(Adults with diabetes n=28)

  • Vision loss
  • Amputation
  • Neuropathy

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers


(Adults with diabetes n=29)

  • Every visit
  • Multiple times per year
  • Once a year
  • When symptoms arise
  • Never

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