Peripapillary Retinal Nerve Thinning Faster in People With Diabetes

Source: Reuters Health

People with type 2 diabetes show accelerated thinning of the peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (pRNFL), even in the absence of diabetic retinopathy (DR), according to South Korean researchers, Reuters Health reported.

“Our results suggest that the pRNFL status as well as DR status should be checked periodically,” Dr. Jung Yeul Kim of Chungnam National University Hospital, in Daejeon, and colleagues write in JAMA Ophthalmology, online July 25.

The team notes that pRNFL is a reliable and important variable in various ophthalmic conditions that “can be measured easily by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography.”

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