Caption for page four: Who can develop diabetic retinopathy? Description for page four: Illustrations include a woman being fitted for eyeglasses with her eye care professional, an older woman holding the car door as a young child gets in, and a man reading print material.
All people with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, can develop diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely it is that you will develop diabetic retinopathy. In fact, more than one out of two people with type 1 diabetes have some retinopathy after 10 years of diabetes, and nearly one out of three people with type 2 diabetes have some retinopathy at the time they are diagnosed.