Study populations 

Spain, in 2016, had an estimated population of 46.5m. The nation has long being concerned about its ageing population and this is expected to continue with low fertility rates being a dominant feature over the next two decades. By 2050 42% of the population will be 65 years and older, some 15.2m persons.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 3.5m people living with the condition and an estimated 670,000 undiagnosed cases.

Report & Infographic 

 Cover page for Spain 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

44.7% In time for screening, 52.6% When visual problems have already occurred, 2.6% Too late for effective treatment
(Ophthamologists n=38)
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

31.9% Sufficient information available, 23.9% Information not sufficient, 34.5% No written information available, 9.7% Don’t know
(All providers n=113)
Sufficient information available Information not sufficient No written information available Don’t know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

42% Vision loss, 28.4% Cardiovascular disease/stroke, 11.1% Amputation, 8.6% Kidney disease
(Adults with diabetes n=81)
Vision loss Cardiovascular disease/stroke Amputation
Kidney disease

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

20.7% Every visit, 9.8% Multiple times per year, 48.8% Once a year, 2.4% When symptoms arise, 17.1% Never
(Adults with diabetes n=82)
Every visit Multiple times per year Once a year When symptoms arise Never

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