Study populations

South Korea, in 2016, had an estimated population of 50.8m with 13.8% under the age of 15 and 13.6% over the age of 65. By 2050, South Korea will have aged considerably with older people representing some 35% of the total population, or 17.6m. Of note, only 11% of the population will be under the age of 15 years, consistent with low fertility rates.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 817,900 people living and an estimated 514,200 undiagnosed cases.

Report & Infographic

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist

(Opthamologists n=8)

  • 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

(Adults with diabetes n=70)

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

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

(Adults with diabetes n=69)

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

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

(Adults with diabetes n=70)

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