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Diabetes still leads in causes of blindness

Cases of diabetic eye disease expected to rise

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A recent study done by Prevent Blindness estimates that diabetic eye disease will increase from 8 million in 2014 to 11 million in 2032.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in America.  It is reported that diabetic patients are 40 percent more likely to develop glaucoma and 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts than non-diabetic patients.

Early detection and routine eye exams are the best way to limit your risk of developing visual impairments.

Some factors to consider when talking to your eye care professional:

  • Has it been longer than a year since you had a comprehensive eye exam, with dilation?
  • Do you suffer from blurry vision from time to time?
  • Is your diabetes well under control?
  • Do you have Family members who have diabetes now from diabetic retinopathy, cataracts or glaucoma?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?

Contact your ophthalmologist’s office to discuss your risk of diabetic eye disease.

Resources:

Prevent Blindness