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Prevalence of Self-Rated Visual Impairment Among Adults with Diabetes

The overall prevalence of visual impairment was 24.8% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 22.3%, 27.3%). The prevalence increased significantly with age, from 18.6% among persons aged 18 to 44 years to 24.7% among persons aged 45 to 64 years to 28.0% among those aged 65 and over, and it was significantly higher among females than males (27.4% vs 21.6%; P<.02). The crude prevalence of impaired vision was similar among persons with different types of diabetes: 25.2% (95% CI= 16.6%, 33.8%) among persons with type 1 diabetes, 29.2% (95% CI = 23.6%, 34.8%) among persons with type 2 diabetes who were using insulin, and 22.7% (95% CI = 20.00/o, 25.4%) among those with type 2 diabetes who were not using insulin.


Prevalence of Self-Rated Visual Impairment among Adults with Diabetes

Figure 2. Prevalence of Self-Rated Visual Impairment among Adults with Diabetes. The crude prevalence of impaired vision was similar among persons with different types of diabetes: 25.2% (95% CI= 16.6%, 33.8%) among persons with type 1 diabetes, 29.2% (95% CI = 23.6%, 34.8%) among persons with type 2 diabetes who were using insulin, and 22.7% (95% CI = 20.00/o, 25.4%) among those with type 2 diabetes who were not using insulin.

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Data Source: 1995 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Saaddine JB, Narayan KM, Engelgau MM, Aubert RE, Klein R, Beckles GL. Prevalence of self-rated visual impairment among adults with diabetes. Am J Public Health 1999;89(8):1200–1205.

 


 

 
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