Study populations

Ireland, in 2016, had an estimated population of 4.6m with 22% under the age of 15 years and 14% over the age of 65 years. Unlike many countries in Europe, Ireland’s population is expected to increase but the age distribution will change significantly. By 2050, those under the age of 15 years will make up 18% of the population and one in four people (26%, 1.4m) will be over the age of 65 years.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 171,800 people living with the condition and an estimated 64,800 undiagnosed cases.

Report & Infographic

 Cover page for Ireland 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

66.7% In time for screening, 33.3% 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

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

46.2% Sufficient information available, 34.6% Information not sufficient, 3.8% No written information available, 15.4% Don’t know
(All providers n=26)
Sufficient information available Information not sufficient No written information available Don’t know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

52.7% Vision loss, 14.9% Kidney disease, 14.9% Cardiovascular disease/stroke, 8.1% Amputation
(Adults with diabetes n=74)
Vision loss Kidney disease Cardiovascular disease/stroke Amputation

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

31.2% Every visit, 10.4% Multiple times per year, 28.9% Once a year, 11.7% When symptoms arise, 14.3% Never
(Adults with diabetes n=77)
Every visit Multiple times per year Once a year When symptoms arise Never

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