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Visual Impairment due to Diabetes Incidence

Facts about diabetic retinopathy:

  • About 5.3 million people in the US have diabetic retinopathy.
  • About 8,000 people lose their sight from diabetes each year in the US.
  • Most type 1 diabetics develop retinopathy within 20 years of their diagnosis.
  • About 21 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes will have retinopathy at the time of diagnosis.
  • Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of blindness in those between 25 and 75 years old.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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