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Diabetic Eye Care

ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care

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The Guidelines are for the screening of diabetics, and to assess and treat people with diabetic retinopathy and other ocular complications of diabetes. They address the needs and requirements for the following levels of service:

  • Essential or core: for low resources, or resource-poor settings
  • Mid-Level: for some resources, or intermediate-resource settings
  • Current state-of-the-art: for abundant resources, or resource-rich settings.

The Guidelines are designed to be a working document and will be updated on an ongoing basis.  Translation and adaption for non-commercial local use is encouraged, but please credit ICO.  We welcome any feedback, comments, or suggestions.

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The Guidelines were most recently updated with a publication date of January 2017.

If adapting, please credit the ICO for text and the ICO/Singapore Eye Research Institute for photographs.  Note the copyright information in the Word version of the Guidelines.

Translations of the Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care

Initiative to Reduce Worldwide Vision Loss Related to Diabetes

The ICO Diabetic Eye Care Committee collected guidelines for screening, assessing, and treating diabetic eye disease to review as part of a new initiative to reduce worldwide vision loss related to diabetes. The ICO would like to thank everyone who contributed. 

In addition to the Guidelines, you may find the below resources useful.

Resources:  Guidelines for Screening, Assessing, and Treating Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic Eye Care Resources

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DR Barometer Global Report

Bringing together the key findings of the 41-country DR Barometer Study. Comprising qualitative and quantitative evidence of,… More »

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ICO and CBM Diabetic Retinopathy Manual

In 2013/2014, the ICO developed detailed guidelines for diabetic eye care. These were updated in 2016. CBM's regional… More »

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The Silver Book: Diabetic Retinopathy

A detailed infographic of the socioeconomic effects of diabetic retinopathy that cites the challenges and opportunities of… More »


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World Diabetes Day Campaign Toolkit

This document goes over the 2016 World Diabetes Day theme, "Eyes on Diabetes," and includes key messages, facts… More »

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Global Estimates on Number of People Blind or Visually Impaired by Diabetic Retinopathy

Those that are blind or visually impaired due to DR is on the rise. In this paper published in Diabetes Care, the authors… More »

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Diabetes Eye Health: A Guide for Health Professionals

The Guide is a practical and informative document developed for primary health professionals on managing diabetic eye… More »


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