Study populations

Hong Kong, in 2016, had an estimated population of 7.3m with 12% under the age of 15 years and 16% over the age of 65 years. Although the population is expected to increase in coming decades, the ageing of the currently large middle–aged cohorts, and increasing life expectancy, will lead to dramatic shifts in the age structure. By 2050, 34% (2.7m) of the total population will be 65 years or older.

Alongside the ageing population diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 582,500 people living with the condition and an estimated 273,500 undiagnosed cases.

Report & Infographic

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist

(Ophthamologists n=4)

  • In time for screening
  • When visual problems have already occurred

Availability of DR patient education materials in health care providers’ offices

(All providers n=32)

  • Sufficient information available
  • Information not sufficient
  • No written information available
  • Don’t know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about


(Adults with diabetes n=109)

  • Amputation
  • Vision loss
  • Kidney disease
  • Cardiovascular disease/stroke

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

(Adults with diabetes n=225)

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