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Diabetes and Eye Diseases

Approximately 11% of U.S. adults with diabetes have some form of visual impairment (3.8% uncorrectable and 7.2% correctable). Diabetic retinopathy is projected to affect 16 million people with diabetes by 2050. Other diseases, like cataracts and glaucoma, also are projected to increase in this population. More than 50% of vision loss caused by diabetes could be avoided by good diabetes management (i.e., good control of blood glucose, blood pressure, and lipids), early detection, and timely treatment.


From the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

 
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