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How common is diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 18 years experience
80% of diabetics: 80% of diabetics who have had diabetes for at least ten years suffer with diabetic retinopathy. Research indicates that at least ninety percent of these new cases could be reduced if there was proper and vigilant treatment and monitoring of the eyes.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
It is the most common cause of retinal visual loss in working-age patients.
Oct 19, 2012
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
It is the most common cause of retinal visual loss in working-age patients.
Oct 19, 2012
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
It is the most common cause of retinal visual loss in working-age patients.
Oct 19, 2012
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Too common...: Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults ages 20–74 years. Between 2005–2008, 4.2 million—28.5 percent—people with diabetes ages 40 years or older had diabetic retinopathy, and of these, 655, 000—4.4 percent of those with diabetes—had advanced diabetic retinopathy that could lead to severe vision loss.

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How common is it for somebody to get diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
About one-third: The incidence of diabetic retinopathy is about 1/3 of diabetics according to government statistics. The condition is related to how well the diabetes is controlled and if you have controlled any tendency toward high blood pressure. Take care of both of these conditions and you are less likely to get the retinopathy.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is diabetic retinopathy?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Bad: Diabetic retinopathy is caused by blood vessel damage due to high sugar levels. It can cause leakage of fluid from vessels causing swelling. It can also cause the vessels to die leading to the retina not getting enough blood. Both of these can permanently impair vision. The best way to avoid this is control of sugars. Many treatments exist for diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Dr. Tim Conrad commented
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Because the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy exists for all diabetics, you should get an eye examination annually.
Dec 8, 2012

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