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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