It is estimated that 420 million people have diabetes. This number has increased from 108 million since 1980. With increased prevalence, health professionals are calling it an epidemic. Although much attention is given to the disease, there is less talk about serious eye complications associated with it. This article is to provide information about the causes of diabetic eye disease as well as treatments and ways to protect vision.
Health officials estimate that by 2030, nearly 200 million people live with diabetic retinopathy. This condition is the most common type of eye disease caused by diabetes. Of these people, almost 60 million will be at risk of vision loss. Using current figures, about 1 percent of these people will lose their sight.