Study populations

The United Kingdom, in 2016, had an estimated population of 65.5m with 18% being over the age of 65 years and 18% under 15 years of age. By 2050, population projections suggest an increase in the population but with it a significant change in the age distribution, one in four people will be over the age of 65 years. Furthermore, 10% will be aged 80 years and older.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 2.8m people living with the condition and an estimated 1m undiagnosed cases. Of note, the United Kingdom will continue to be in the top 10 countries for diabetes–related health expenditure in 2040 at an estimated $14bn USD.

Report & Infographic

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist

(Ophthamologists n=11)

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

Percentage aware of government screening services

(All providers n=107)

  • Yes
  • No

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

(Adults with diabetes n=112)

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

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

(Adults with diabetes n=112)

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