There are many eye conditions related to diabetes, all of which have the potential to cause severe visual impairment or blindness. The good news is that routine eye exams can prevent 90% of diabetes-related blindness. If you are a diabetic, make sure to get yearly eye exams to catch and treat conditions early.
By the numbers:
- More than 1 out of 4 people aged 65 and over have diabetes. (American Diabetes Association)
- 5% of diabetics over 40 have diabetic retinopathy. (Diabetes.org)
- 4 million diabetic adults have visual impairment. (Center for Disease Control)
- Diabetics are twice as likely to develop cataracts, and at an earlier age. (WebMD)
- Diabetes is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness worldwide, and in the United States is the most common cause of blindness in people younger than 65 years of age. (eMedicineHealth)
- Diabetic Retinopathy is the most common diabetes-related eye condition. It’s the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. (National Eye Institute)
But there is good news!
Getting regular eye exams helps catch a condition early, when treatment is more effective. Regular eye exams can prevent 90% of blindness caused by diabetes. If you are diabetic, ask your doctor how often you should have a diabetic eye exam, which is different from a routine eye exam (for glasses or contact prescriptions) and is typically covered by medical insurance. Get a referral to an ophthalmologist today and help keep your vision strong!