From the Editor: Diabetic retinopathy has not changed in its form since it was first identified. The presence of micro aneurysms, hemorrhages, cystoid macular edema and retinal neovascularization continue to complicate diagnosis and treatment. Although the diabetic retinopathy study (DRS), early treatment diabetic retinopathy study (ET DRS), diabetes control and complication trial (DC CT), and diabetic retinopathy clinical research network (DRCRnet) have greatly altered our approach to diabetic retinopathy, this systemic condition still poses a great challenge for all retinal specialists.
The articles highlighted here provide an overview of the history of diabetic retinopathy and its management and how it has evolved over the last several decades. New technologies now suggest that we focus much of our interest on how we classify diabetic retinopathy using new techniques such as optical coherence tomography. Additionally, we are now beginning to appreciate that diabetes and diabetic retinopathy are not in a vacuum, and we are looking for associations with other conditions that may also affect the eye. A most enlightening editorial by Robert Frank, shown below, helps us to understand the possibility of such relationships.
All articles presented here are freely available for download. In addition to the below articles, do not miss the article in press: “Evolution of Controlling Diabetic Retinopathy: Changing Trends in the Management of Diabetic Macular Edema at a Single Institution Over the Past Decade”.