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Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs of Diabetes

January 16, 2020 - Ray Snider

Although diabetes is a common health condition, some of us lack a basic understanding of its causes and symptoms. When you know about some of the warning signs that spell diabetes, you’re ahead of the game. This knowledge could both keep your health in check and reduce the risk of diabetes complications. According […]

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What Problems Can Laser Eye Surgery Solve?

January 16, 2020 - David Allamby

This is a guest post from David Allamby of  Focus Clinics, London, England Over recent years, the public demand for laser eye surgery has risen, with an approximated 30-50 million procedures being performed worldwide. We’ve witnessed significant technological advancements over the last 30 years, ultimately this provides eye surgeons with a greater […]

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Weekly news from the product team

January 8, 2020 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

In this weekly blog from the product team, I ́ll be sharing what we ́re working on to make the RetinaRisk app better, soliciting feedback from you, the reader and discussing other products and features that we are exploring. Want to be a part of the product development process by giving us your […]

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Is PACE Labelling the Key to a Healthier Lifestyle?

December 26, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

Nutritional labels are important as they describe the nutrient content of a food item and how many calories there are in a serving. This allows us to see what each food product is made of and helps us, at least in theory, make better dietary choices. But does it really work? Are calories a good […]

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How Are You Feeling Today?

December 23, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

Diabetes is relentless and requires constant attention, awareness and decision making. Diabetes self-management can therefore be demanding, complex and stressful. But diabetes doesn’t only affect people’s physical health – it can also have a profound impact on their emotional health. According to the 2017 Future of Diabetes report, 64% of persons living with diabetes […]

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Weekly news from the product team

December 20, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

In this weekly blog from the product team, I ́ll be sharing what we ́re working on to make the RetinaRisk app better, soliciting feedback from you, the reader and discussing other products and features that we are exploring. Want to be a part of the product development process by giving us your […]

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Poverty, Obesity and Eyesight Loss – A Worrying Triple Link

December 19, 2019 - Ray Snider

Obesity, like diabetes, has reached epidemic proportions in many countries. Poor diet, obesity and type 2 diabetes are heightened risk factors for a range of conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy — one of the leading causes of blindness in the working population. Numerous studies on the ocular […]

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Weekly news from the product team

December 16, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

In this weekly blog from the product team, I ́ll be sharing what we ́re working on to make the RetinaRisk app better, soliciting feedback from you, the reader and discussing other products and features that we are exploring. Want to be a part of the product development process by giving us your […]

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Brainwashed While We Sleep

December 16, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

Most of us are very aware of the importance of sleep. We have been told this since we were kids. Some say a good night’s sleep contributes towards longevity. Others claim it improves our memory, spurs creativity, sharpens our attention, improves our athletic performance, and even helps us steer away from depression. Over the […]

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“I Found a Way to Get Rid of Type 2 Diabetes”

December 12, 2019 - Aldís Áskelsdóttir

Bala Kamallakharan, an investor and founder of Startup Iceland, was diagnosed with pre-type 2 diabetes in 2005. He immediately decided to change course, changed his diet and began long-distance running. Despite this, he was diagnosed with diabetes almost a decade later. He found it difficult to understand why, as he exercised consistently and ate […]

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A Selfie of Your Retina? India Shows It Can Be Done

December 9, 2019 - Ray Snider

According to a recent article in the Indian National Medical Journal, India is the diabetic capital of the world, and diabetes mellitus is an enormous burden on healthcare resources there. Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a serious complication of the disease and the leading cause of blindness in the global working age population. Every person […]

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Weekly news from the product team

December 6, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

In this weekly blog from the product team, I ́ll be sharing what we ́re working on to make the RetinaRisk app better, soliciting feedback from you, the reader and discussing other products that we are exploring. Feel free to send me an email to aegirthorst@retinarisk.com with any questions or comments you might have. […]

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The Changing Role of Pharmacists

December 5, 2019 - Ray Snider

In most people’s mind, the role of the pharmacist in diabetes management is centered around the supply of medicines and possibly patient counseling. In recent years, this role has been expanding to a range of extended services, including patient identification, assessment, education, referral and monitoring. In many countries, pharmacists supply a range of […]

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Youth Living with Diabetes

December 2, 2019 - David Sadler, PhD., P.Eng. - President, Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation

This is a guest blog from David Sadleir, the President of the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a shock for all involved. Youth may feel depressed and discouraged by such a diagnosis. Type 1 diabetes presents a very steep learning curve; e.g., how and when to administer […]

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THE 2019 WORLD DIABETES ATLAS IS OUT!

November 28, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

The International Diabetes Federation published the 9th edition of the World Diabetes Atlas on  November 14, in celebration of World Diabetes Day. The World Diabetes Atlas provides a comprehensive overview of statistics regarding diabetes, including prevalence of diabetes today but also estimates into the future. The Atlas outlines the individual, social and economic […]

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Weekly news from the product team

November 26, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

In this weekly blog from the product team, I ́ll be sharing what we ́re working on to make the RetinaRisk app better, soliciting feedback from you, the reader and discussing other products that we are exploring. Feel free to send me an email to aegirthorst@retinarisk.com with any questions or comments you might have. […]

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Pre-Diabetes – What Should You Do?

November 25, 2019 - Ray Snider

Our earlier blog on “pre-disease” looked at some of the causes of pre-diabetes, when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not as high as in full-blown Type 2 diabetes. We wanted to share a bit of the advice we found on treating pre-diabetes. Although the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says […]

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Introducing premium features

November 22, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

In the premium section of the RetinaRisk app you will find tools to dig deeper into the data and find out how your risk is progressing, set goals and share your data with third parties. In the trends section you can discover how your risk is progressing over time in a simple […]

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Is HIIT training the answer to improved glycemic control?

November 21, 2019 - Dr Jyothi Shenoy and Silla Jónsdóttir

Most persons living with Type 2 diabetes are able to contribute greatly to stable blood sugar levels by performing regular exercises. Exercises can offer numerous benefits, but it is important to be aware of which exercises can be more effective and how to perform them to be able to derive optimum benefits for controlling […]

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What’s a “Pre-Diabetes” Diagnosis?

November 20, 2019 - Ray Snider

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, around 84 million Americans have pre-diabetes. What does pre-diabetes really mean? Earlier this year, ‘Consumer Reports’ published an intriguing piece on the meaning of “pre-disease” diagnosis. We were attracted to the specific advice on “pre-diabetes” and it got us looking at […]

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Importance of blood pressure on diabetic complications

November 18, 2019 - Dr Jyothi Shenoy

It is quite common for persons living with diabetes to develop hypertension and vice versa. In fact, in many cases, patients are diagnosed with hypertension during their routine visits to a doctor for diabetes control. Hypertension – or elevated blood pressure – puts extra strain on your blood vessels and can critically increase your […]

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Getting to know the educational section

November 15, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

One of the most important factors in diabetes management is knowledge and our knowledge section aims to equip you with the information you need. In there you can find information about diabetic retinopathy, diabetes in general and sections related to daily management of diabetes. The knowledge section can be found in one of […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIR FREDERICK!

November 14, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

Frederick Banting was a Canadian medical scientist, physician, war hero and artist who, with his ´discovery team ́ colleagues, Charles Best, Bertram Collip and John Macleod, discovered how to isolate and extract insulin to treat diabetes in humans. The discovery of the extract at the University of Toronto, Canada in late 1921, was […]

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BLUE LIGHTING TO CELEBRATE WORLD DIABETES DAY 2019!

November 13, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland looked great early this morning all covered in blue lights to celebrate World Diabetes Day! Lighting of iconic monuments to mark World Diabetes Day began in 2007. Since then every year, thousands of sites and buildings around the world have proudly worn the blue colour to raise […]

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LET’S CELEBRATE – IT IS WORLD DIABETES DAY!

November 11, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

From a humble beginning in 1991 when the International Diabetes Federation celebrated the World Diabetes Day for the first time, it has become a globally celebrated event. Comprising hundreds of campaigns, activities, screenings, lectures, meetings and more, the World Diabetes Day provides an annual platform and an occasion to raise awareness about diabetes. […]

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One Size Doesn’t Always Fit All!

November 11, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

Personalizing screening for sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy was on the agenda at this year‘s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), which was held in Barcelona, Spain in September 2019. One of our founders, Dr. Arna Guðmundsdóttir, Endocrinologist at the National Hospital in Iceland, attended the meeting and shared with us […]

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Get to know our new chat feature

November 8, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

We want to build an empowered community of RetinaRisk users and one step towards that goal is to give users the ability to talk together. To do this, we have built a chat function into the app where you can talk to all users of the app regardless of where they are in the […]

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Treatment options for diabetic retinopathy

November 8, 2019

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common complications caused by diabetes. If left untreated, it may affect the eyesight of the patient resulting in blindness. The latest scientific research studies have led to improved outcomes in the management of this condition. Below is a brief discussion about the latest treatments available to patients. […]

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Using the analysis feature in the RetinaRisk app

November 5, 2019

To further help you to interpret your risk results, you can access the “analysis” button right next to the risk result on the home screen. In the analysis section we help you identify if you have low, middle or high risk of developing sight threatening diabetic retinopathy during the coming year. We also help you […]

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The role of genetics in the development of diabetic retinopathy

October 30, 2019 - Jyothi Shenoy

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most severe complications that can occur due to the abnormal changes in the microvascular in diabetic patients. Diabetes is known to affect the blood flow to the vital organs including the heart and brain. It can also affect the tiny capillaries supplying blood to the eyes, especially the […]

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The RetinaRisk algorithm and the home screen

October 30, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

The RetinaRisk app is driven by an algorithm that we have spent the last 8 years developing and testing (retinarisk.com/research). The algorithm calculates the risk of you developing sight threatening diabetic retinopathy meaning how likely you are to develop diabetic retinopathy in later stages and need medical treatment. This means that you can use the […]

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Can Carrots Really Make You See In The Dark?

October 28, 2019

There are many myths and legends floating around about how to improve your eyesight. Although not all fiction, today we will look at popular stories and where they originated. The most widely known myth is that eating carrots will help you see in the dark. This idea may have originated during World War […]

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Needle Phobia and Promising Alternatives to Insulin Injection

October 21, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

Trypanophobia is one of the most common human fears – most children are afraid of needles – but in most cases the fear lessens as we age. This can be problematic for diabetic patients as the most common method of administering insulin is through pens, pump or syringe. Researchers are constantly trying to […]

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Introducing the new RetinaRisk app

October 18, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

We are excited to share with you that a new version of the RetinaRisk app is now available in the Apple Store and Google Play. Based on feedback from our users, we have redesigned the look of the app, made existing features more user-friendly and added several new features. We hope that this will […]

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Different Methods For HbA1c Measurement

October 11, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

The most common method to diagnose diabetes is to  measure how much glucose is present in a patient’s blood. Increasingly, this is being done by measuring the levels of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), which is one of the risk factors that we use in the RetinaRisk app and can help predict your risk of […]

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Sending Your Type-2 Diabetes into Remission

October 7, 2019

It’s said repeatedly that controlling what you eat and managing your weight can help prevent and manage type-2 diabetes. But with so many contradictory sources, it can be difficult to decide just how much weight you need to lose. According to a new study published in the Diabetic Medicine journal, extreme restrictions and […]

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RetinaRisk at the Ophthalmology Futures Retina Forum

September 27, 2019

Einar Stefánsson, the founder of RetinaRisk, gave a talk at the Ophthalmology Futures Forum in Paris early this month about the app and the future of eye screening.

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A Short History of Diabetes

September 20, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

Modern science has enabled us to diagnose and manage diabetes pretty effectively, but where did it all start? Diabetes has been documented by scientists for thousands of years, under one name or another, and the very first known mention of the disease was by an Egyptian physician called Hesy-Ra in 1552 B.C. He […]

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Rest Your Eyes

September 20, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

Everyday we stare at our computers, televisions, phones and other devices without thinking too much of the potential consequences. The Vision Council found that 80% of American adults use digital devices for more than 2 hour per day, and 59% of those experience the symptoms of eyestrain. Some days it may be difficult to […]

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Nepalese Farmers Have a New Tool – The RetinaRisk App

September 13, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

We at RetinaRisk are regularly contacted by persons living with diabetes and medical professionals around the world who are interested in learning more about the RetinaRisk app. Everywhere, persons with diabetes are eager to better understand their condition and become more aware of the associated complications, including diabetic eye disease. Both ophthalmologists and endocrinologists […]

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AI, Smartphones and diabetic retinopathy screening

September 10, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

In one of our previous blog posts, we discussed briefly how technology will develop and aid in the screening process for diabetes patients. Today we will look more in-depth into artificial intelligence (AI) and its development in regards to screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR). According to statistics, 3 billion people used smartphones […]

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RetinaRisk in Russia

September 4, 2019 - Dr Guðmundsdóttir and Prof Aspelund, Co-founders of Retina Risk

This summer, we visited Moscow where we had the opportunity to introduce the RetinaRisk app and the clinically validated screening algorithm to fellow endocrinologists and other health care providers. We were pleased to learn that our interlocutors were very interested in using RetinaRisk’s cutting edge technology to empower and educate Russian diabetic patients and […]

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All About Sugar

August 26, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

Understanding sugar can be difficult – what are natural sugars, what are refined sugars, added sugars, glucose, fructose, LACTOSE!? Reading the food label can often result in a headache. We are here this week to break down sugars and make it simple. To summarize – sugar is a carbohydrate that our body converts […]

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The Diabetes Centre and Retina Risk Launch a Pakistan-Iceland Alliance

August 26, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in the working age population worldwide. Vision loss and eventual blindness from diabetic retinopathy is largely avoidable, but this requires greater awareness of the need for early detection and timely treatment. The Retina Risk app can play a crucial role here and help millions […]

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Treating Type-2 Diabetes – There’s No One Right Way!

August 14, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

One of the biggest contributing factors for the onset of type-2 diabetes is your lifestyle, but genetics may also determine if you are more susceptible to the disease. Therefore treatment that may work for someone else may not be the right one for you. Successful management of type-2 diabetes involves targeting both glucose […]

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Different screening options for diabetic retinopathy

August 7, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

Now that you’ve used the Retina Risk app to assess your risk of diabetic retinopathy (DR), there are several different methods of eye screening to consider. Depending on your location, different or limited screening options may be accessible to you. Always speak to a healthcare professional about your options and which one is right […]

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United Nation´s Sustainable Development Goals and Retina Risk

July 31, 2019 - Ray Snider

No country is safe from the challenge of diabetes which disables people during their working age, limiting earning potential, reducing life expectancy and impoverishing families. In turn this diminishes countries’ productivity and hinders economic growth. Providing diabetes care drains healthcare spending and can disrupt entire health systems. For this reason, control of diabetes is […]

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Lions Clubs Germany (SN111) and Retina Risk – A Pretty Perfect Partnership

July 23, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

Starting a Partnership Last autumn, Retina Risk’s co-founder, Dr. Einar Stefansson, encountered Dr. Sibylle Scholtz, the founding president of the Lions Club in Frauenalb-Nordschwarzwald, Germany and member of Lions District Cabinet 111SN, at an ophthalmology conference in Vienna, Austria. Hearing about Retina Risk, Dr. Scholtz immediately recognised how the risk calculator can empower […]

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Retina Risk and The Diabetes Center join forces

July 17, 2019 - Ray Snider and Silla Jónsdóttir

Last week, Retina Risk and The Diabetes Centre in Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining joint efforts to eradicate preventable vision-loss and blindness due to diabetes in Pakistan. The Diabetes Centre is a not-for-profit organization formed to serve all patients regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status or geographic location, with the aim […]

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Lions Club Cooperation with Retina Risk Accelerates

July 9, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

The spiraling prevalence of diabetes worldwide means that millions more people are developing complications such as diabetic retinopathy. Health practitioners and people with diabetes need to be aware of this exploding problem and the simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of visual impairment. Blindness from diabetic retinopathy is largely avoidable […]

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The Icelandic Endocrine Society endorses Retina Risk

July 5, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

Retina Risk has received an official recognition and endorsement from The Icelandic Endocrine Society. The endorsement reflects the extensive research that has gone into designing the Retina Risk solution and the value Endocrinologists see in the application for their patients. The app contributes greatly to empowering people living with diabetes around the world and […]

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Hvað er að koma í uppfærðu Retina Risk appinu?

July 3, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

Uppfærslan fyrir  Retina Risk appið mun koma út fljótlega og við vildum leyfa þér kíkja á þá þær viðbætur sem fylgja með. Við viljum þakka ykkur öllum fyrir góðar athugasemdir sem við tökum með í hönnun forritsins svo að það geti verið eins góður stuðningur og hægt er fyrir þig í þinni daglegu sykursýkisstjórn. […]

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A sneak peek at our upcoming update

July 3, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarson

The updated Retina Risk app will be out soon and we wanted to give you a sneak peek at the features and improvements that will be included. We want to thank you all for great feedback which we relentlessly incorporated into the design of the app so it may be of better service […]

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We are the highest rated diabetes app on ORCHA

July 2, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

We are very proud that our app is the highest rated app for Diabetes care on ORCHA, the independent reviewer for the NHS in the UK and other health organisations abroad in Europe. Read the review here: https://appfinder.orcha.co.uk/review/192909/ And read more about the review process itself here: https://www.orcha.co.uk/our-solution/the-orcha-review/

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Type 2 diabetes and trending diets

July 1, 2019 - Agne Karnisauskaite

Good nutrition is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. As obesity is one of the leading factors of type 2 diabetes, focused diet changes aim to help with weight management and a balanced diet. There are no two diets that will work the same for helping patients with type 2 […]

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Lions Clubs donate two OCT cameras

June 27, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

Reykjavik, June 27, 2019. The Lions Club of Iceland have donated two OCT eye scanning cameras to the University Hospital of Iceland and the Service Center for the Visually Impaired in Reykjavík. These state-of-the-art cameras can detect the onset of diabetic retinopathy, supporting the predictive tool in the Retina Risk App. The […]

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Tackling Eye Care Barriers: Some Sight-Saving Ideas

June 25, 2019 - Ray Snider

Here a few things every diabetes patient should know[1]: Diabetes will eventually affect the blood vessels in your eyes. This is called diabetic retinopathy (DR), and it can lead to visual impairment and blindness. By controlling your blood sugar and blood pressure, you can reduce the damage diabetes can cause in your eyes. However, […]

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Our collaboration with Lions Clubs in Germany is evolving

June 24, 2019 - Ægir Þór Steinarsson

Last week, Dr Sibylle Scholtz, our German representative and collaborator, presented the Retina Risk app to the Lions Club of Karlsruhe, Germany. This presentation is part of our continued engagement with Lions Clubs around the world, who serve to improve quality of life for those living with diabetes and to prevent avoidable blindness – […]

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Get to Know your Ophthalmologist

June 18, 2019 - Ray Snider

As the thousands of global users of the Retina Risk app know well, systematic eye screening and preventive treatment dramatically reduce diabetic blindness. This has been shown to be true in Iceland, where over the past thirty years, there has been a dramatic drop in vision loss due to diabetes to the point that […]

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Why Retinal Screening Matters

June 11, 2019 - Ray Snider

Why Retinal Screening Matters (This is the first of three short pieces dealing with retinal screening, which can mitigate the risk of diabetic retinopathy)   Retinal screening is a key aspect of diabetes patient care. However, non-attendance at eye clinics has been recognized as an independent risk factor for poor outcomes from diabetic […]

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Retina Risk at Startup Iceland

June 4, 2019 - Silla Jónsdóttir

This post is written by Silla Jónsdóttir, CEO of Retina Risk This week, I attended Startup Iceland in Reykjavik’s beautiful ‘Harpa’ conference center. This is a great event that has been held annually for eight years now. Founded by RETINA RISK Board Chairman, Bala Kamallakharan, Startup Iceland serves as the springboard and […]

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Privacy by Design

May 28, 2019 - Kristinn Gylfason

This blog post is written by our privacy expert and lawyer, Kristinn Gylfason at Dattaca Labs, Iceland The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is probably the most talked-about legislation in tech and marketing over the past several years. This is in part because it affects business, in many important ways. When companies start, […]

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Hitchhiker´s Guide to Diabetes Management – part II

May 13, 2019 - Bala Kamallakharan

I recently wrote about my initial experiments with diabetes management in an earlier blog post. If you missed it, you can find it here. This is part II of that blog post. Here the most important message that I wanted to share is the following: Type 2 diabetes can be reversed without any medication as […]

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Hitchhiker´s Guide to Diabetes Management

April 10, 2019 - Bala Kamallakharan

My name is Bala Kamallakharan and I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I don’t have any symptoms of diabetes anymore, actually I am in the best shape of my life. It was not always the case. It has been a long road, almost a 14 year journey when I was tagged a Pre-diabetic in the […]

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Seeing Things Differently

April 8, 2019 - Ray Snider

Meet Gede. He is 28, lives in Bandung, Java, Indonesia, and has Type 2 diabetes. Gede lost his sight from Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) or diabetic blindness, which could have been avoided. Like other young men and women with diabetes, he did not think he was at risk and didn’t routinely undertake diabetic eye screenings. His sight […]

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