Retinal vascular caliber, diabetes, and retinopathy.


Journal Article

PURPOSE: To assess the relationship of retinal vessel caliber with diabetes and diabetic retinopathy (DR). DESIGN: Population-based cross-sectional analysis of the Blue Mountains Eye Study, Australia (n = 3,654, age >or=49 years). METHODS: Diabetes was defined as physician-diagnosed or fasting blood glucose >or= 7.0 mmol/l; impaired fasting glucose as fasting glucose 6.1 to 6.9 mmol/l. DR was graded from retinal photographs. Retinal vessel caliber was measured from digitized images. RESULTS: After controlling for age, gender, blood pressure, and other factors, mean retinal venular caliber was significantly wider in participants with moderate-severe nonproliferative DR (severe 262.7 microm; moderate 236.7 microm) than in nondiabetic participants (221.9 microm) or participants with diabetes but no DR (221.2 microm) (P < .0001). Mean retinal arteriolar caliber was significantly wider in participants with diabetes (193.5 microm) than in nondiabetic participants (190.2 microm) (P < .01). CONCLUSIONS: Increasing severity of DR in persons with diabetes is associated with widening of retinal venular caliber.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kifley, A; Wang, JJ; Cugati, S; Wong, TY; Mitchell, P

Published Date

  • June 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 143 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1024 - 1026

PubMed ID

  • 17524767

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17524767

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9394

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ajo.2007.01.034


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States