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Study populations

South Africa, in 2016, had an estimated population of 54.3m with 29% under the age of 15 and only 5% over the age of 65. By 2050, the population is expected to increase by 33%, and associated with a significant change in the age distribution, 7.5m people will be in the older age group.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 2.3m people living with the condition and an estimated 1.4m undiagnosed cases.

Report & Infographic

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist


(Ophthamologists n=15)

  • In time for screening
  • When visual problems have already occurred
  • Too late for effective treatment

Percentage of adults with diabetes who have completed an eye exam


(All providers n=55)

  • Have had an eye exam
  • Never had an eye exam

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about



(Adults with diabetes n=54)

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

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers


(Adults with diabetes n=55)

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

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