We just found out about the Retina Risk App, developed in Reykjavik, Iceland, and wanted to share it with our community of South African diabetics.
Retina Risk App
It’s a unique risk calculator that allows diabetics to assess in real-time their individualized risk of developing sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy. This is based on their risk profile, and allows diabetics to track the progression of the disease over time. The app includes detailed guidelines and useful information on diabetes, diabetic retinopathy and improved self-care, which allows patients to better understand their condition and become active participants in their own wellness journey.
The Retina Risk App can be downloaded free of charge both at Google Play and the Apple Store.
International diabetes research
The algorithm at the core of the Retina Risk App is based on extensive international research on risk factors known to affect the progression of diabetic retinopathy. These include the duration of diabetes, gender, blood pressure and blood glucose levels. The algorithm has been clinically validated in 20,000 people with diabetes in a number of countries and the results have been published in several respected medical journals (including the British Journal of Ophthalmology, Diabetologia in the Netherlands and in Denmark).
They are looking for comments and suggestions from people with diabetes who have downloaded and used the free app, as they are in the process of scaling it for worldwide at-home use by people with diabetes. Find out more here.