Workshop Title:

Refresher Course on Detection and Management of Diabetic Retinopathy among Diabetes Patients


July 25th, 2023 (GMT+8)


School of Optometry, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UCSI University


  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diabetes
  • Detection

Workshop Chair:

Dr. Sathiya Prakash Sooryanarayana
Lecturer in UCSI University
Honorary Secretary of The Association of Malaysian Optometrists (AMO)

Personal Bio:

An academic and researcher in the visual science and optometry program. Affiliated with UCSI University for the past 4 years. I actively work in the field of clinical optometry and ocular diseases. Currently, my research focuses on Diabetic Retinopathy. During my master’s training, I have been attached to the Ophthalmology Department of various public hospitals. This has exposed me to various ocular clinical cases and experience in the management of a variety of complex optometric conditions. Prior to joining UCSI University, I worked with one of the renowned tertiary private hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and handled various Diabetic Retinopathy patients.

Workshop Committee Members:

Mr. Madhavendra Bhandari, Optometry Lecturer,

Workshop Description:


This refresher workshop will enhance the knowledge of the fellow Optometry interns on Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy. They will be introduced to the Epidemiology of the disease, Classification and grading of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). These skills will ensure the proper and timely detection of DR. The participants will be trained and exposed to various DR grading systems. They will also be exposed to managing the DR condition and making appropriate referrals to Ophthalmologists if required. By attending this refresher course, the competency of young optometrists in detecting and handling DR cases within the community will be improved. This is in line with the goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, which is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.


Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is the commonest and earliest microvascular change in Diabetes. DR remains the leading cause of acquired vision loss among working middle- aged people.

Visual loss in many cases of DR can be prevented by early detection of the condition through screening which makes early treatment possible. This is because the late presentation of patients with DR continues to be a major challenge in prevention and alleviation of blindness. It has to be emphasized that DR is an asymptomatic condition in its early stage, when it is most easily to be treated. This suggests that screening for DR should be done in all patients with DM.

Thus, young Optometrists need to be trained and equipped with proper knowledge of detecting and managing DR cases within the community. This will help in the early detection of DR, hence helps us prevent vision loss among diabetic patients.

Scope and Information for Participants:

To empower and enhance the knowledge and skills of Optometrists in Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). This will make them more competent in detecting DR among diabetic patients. The participants will be more confident in examining the patient’s eyes in an appropriate manner and grade DR according to various established DR grading systems used internationally. The participants of the workshop will also be exposed to how to manage various types of DR cases and make a timely referral to Ophthalmologists and physicians if required. This is important in the early detection and treatment of DR, which in turn could help in preventing avoidable blindness among diabetes patients.


No. 1, UCSI Heights, Jalan Puncak Menara Gading, Taman Connaught, 56000 Cheras, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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