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Diabetic Eye Disease Infographic

Infographic on Diabetic Eye Disease

What is it?

  • It refers to eye problems people with diabetes may have. These include—
    • Cataract
      Clouding of the lens of the eye.
    • Diabetic retinopathy
      Damage to blood vessels in the retina; most common.
    • Glaucoma
    • Damage to the optic nerve.
  • There are often NO early warning signs.

What are the numbers?

  • 7.7 million people ages 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy.
  • Will reach 11 million people by 2030.
  • 95% of severe vision loss from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented by early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up.

Who is at risk?

  • All people with diabetes.
  • The longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk of getting diabetic eye disease.

How is it detected?

  • Through a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

What can you do?

  • Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.
  • Keep your health on TRACK:
    • Take your medications.
    • Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
    • Add physical activity to your daily routine.
    • Control your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
    • Kick the smoking habit.

Where can you learn more?

Source: National Eye Institute, 2013

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