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Do lots of people get diabetic retinopathy, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Very common: Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20–74 years. In 2005–2008, 4.2 million (28.5%) people with diabetes aged 40 years or older had diabetic retinopathy, and of these, 655, 000 (4.4% of those with diabetes) had advanced diabetic retinopathy that could lead to severe vision loss.
Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Not unusual: Retinopathy is one of the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes and is one of the most common causes of blindness in the US.

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A member asked:

Do a lot of people get diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 64 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 45-year-old member asked:

What happens when you have diabetic retinopathy once and get it again?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
IT NEVER WENT AWAY: To begin with. Once you develop it, its there for the long run.

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