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Table 2 Patients’ awareness of diabetic eye disease

From: Awareness of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy among a group of diabetic patients in main public hospitals in Damascus, Syria during the Syrian crisis

Part 1: Awareness to diabetic eye disease Yes No Do not know
n (%) n (%) n (%)
Do you think that Diabetes could affect the eye? 244 (93.8) 4 (1.5) 12 (4.6)
Do you think that Diabetes could cause blindness? 175 (67.3) 9 (3.5) 76 (29.2)
Do you think that diabetic patient should visit an eye doctor periodically? 226 (86.9) 12 (4.6) 22 (8.5)
If yes, do you know the period?
 When vision problems occur 10 (4.4)  
 Once a year 175 (77.8)
 Every two years 18 (8.0)
 Don’t know 22 (9.8)
  225
Do you think that control of blood glucose is enough to treat diabetic retinopathy without any farther intervention? 158 (60.8)   102 (39.2)
Do you know what are the treatment modalities for diabetic retinopathy?
 Don’t know 148 (56.9)   
 Laser, surgery or injections in the eye 111 (42.7)