Vision Health Initiative (VHI) Report
Projection of Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Major Eye Diseases among People with Diabetes Mellitus United States, 2005-2050
The number of Americans aged 40 years and older with diabeteic retinopathy (DR) and Vision Threatening Diabetic Retinopathy (VTDR) will triple in 2050, from 5.5 million in 2005 to 16.0 million for DR and from 1.2 million in 2005 to 3.4 million for VTDR. Increases among those aged 65 years and older will be more pronounced (2.5 million to 9.9 million for DR and 0.5 million to 1.9 million for VTDR). The number of cataract cases among whites and blacks aged 40 years and older with diabetes will likely increase 235% by 2050, and the number of glaucoma cases among Hispanics with diabetes aged 65 years and older will increase 12-fold.
Percentage change in the number of people in the United States with diabetic retinopathy, 2005–2050
Percentage change in the number of people in the United States with diabetes who have glaucoma, 2005–2050
Percentage change in the number of people in the United States who have cataracts, 2005–2050
Saaddine JB, Honeycutt AA, Narayan KM, Zhang X, Klein R, Boyle JP. Projection of diabetic retinopathy and other major eye diseases among people with diabetes mellitus: United States, 2005–2050. Arch Ophthalmol 2008;126(12):1740–1747.
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