The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) developed the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care to serve a supportive and educational role for ophthalmologists and eye care providers worldwide. They are intended to improve the quality of eye care for patients around the world.
The Guidelines address the needs and requirements for the following levels of service:
- Low-resource or resource-poor settings: Essential or core service for screening and management of DR;
- Intermediate-resource settings: Mid-Level service;
- Resource-rich settings: Advanced or state-of-the-art screening and management of DR.
The Guidelines are designed to inform ophthalmologists about the requirements for the screening and detection of diabetic retinopathy, and the appropriate assessment and management of patients with diabetic retinopathy. The Guidelines also demonstrate the need for ophthalmologists to work with primary care providers and appropriate specialists such as endocrinologists.
With diabetes and diabetic retinopathy a rapidly increasing problem worldwide, it is vital to ensure that ophthalmologists and eye care providers are adequately prepared.
Last updated on 15 November 2016