According to the Eye Surgeons at Miranda if someone has had diabetes for 10 years or more they have a 80% chance of diabetic retinopathy (eye damage).
This disease is the leading cause of new cases of legal blindness in people aged 20 to 74, and treating diabetes-related blindness is costly.
There is a need for more comprehensive eye care, especially among diabetics at risk of developing retinopathy.
Nearly half of the people who are diagnosed with diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) have some type of diabetic retinopathy.
There are also many people who have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes who will not be tested for diabetic retinopathy and could lose their eye sight.
If you have diabetic retinopathy its important to talk to your Doctor about treatment to help prevent your eye sight from degenerating and to prevent blindness. If caught early enough there are some treatments that can help reduce how fast this disease can progress.
Below is a helpful video showing what diabetic Retinopathy is: