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Is age a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy?
  1. Colin Siang Hui Tan1,2,
  2. Edwin Ming Quan Gay2,3,
  3. Wei Kiong Ngo2
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  2. 2National Healthcare Group Eye Institute, Singapore
  3. 3Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  1. Correspondence to Dr Colin S H Tan, National Healthcare Group Eye Institute, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433, Singapore; Colintan_eye{at}yahoo.com.sg

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We read with interest the article by Namperumalsamy et al1 describing the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy and its associated risk factors in a South Indian community. The authors reported that older age (>50 years) was a significant risk factor for the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy. This finding has potential ramifications in view of the increasing proportion of older people worldwide, who are more likely to develop and require treatment for diabetes and its complications.

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