Learn the Facts about Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
A Growing Issue
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults age 20-74.
7.7 million today
11 million 2030
14.5 million 2050
No Early Symptoms
However, over time, diabetic retinopathy can get worse and cause vision loss or blindness.
Who Is At Risk?
All people with diabetes—both type 1 and type 2—are at risk.
You Can Protect Your Vision
Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year if you have diabetes.
Don’t Forget To–
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.
Reduce Risk of Vision Loss
Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care can reduce the risk of severe vision loss by 95 percent.
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Source: National Eye Institute, 2014