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Eye disease affecting people with diabetes

Diabetic Eye Disease Intv.

An eye condition can develop among people with diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is growing among Americans. According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of people with the question is expected to more than double by 2050. They say in 2010, an estimated 7.7 million Americans had the condition. By 2050, it could reach 16 million Americans.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss in people with diabetes and, as a recent study has shown, places a major burden on visual function, especially as the condition progresses and becomes more severe. In a JAMA Ophthalmology study published in July 2017, people with severe diabetic retinopathy had significantly greater difficulty with visual tasks, including reading, driving, mobility and close-up work, compared to those with less severe forms of the condition, underscoring the importance for people with diabetes to get screened for diabetic retinopathy. The longer a person has diabetes, especially if it is poorly controlled, the higher the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and vision loss.

Retina specialist, Dr. Michael Cooney says the key to combating the condition is early diagnosis. Watch our full interview above for more information.

You can also click here, to get information from the National Eye Institute.

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