Who's Most At Risk For Diabetic Eye Disease?

Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 11/09/2016

black-man-with-diabetes.pngDiabetes complications are a leading cause of blindness worldwide and encompasses a wide range of other eye problems. Most people with diabetes suffer only from minor eye disorders but understanding diabetic eye disease and who's most at risk can help prevent more serious issues in the future.

What Is Diabetic Eye Disease?

People with diabetes may face a group of eye problems that are a complication of their disease. These problems include diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Who's At Risk For Diabetic Eye Disease?

People who have had diabetes for a long period of time are more at risk for diabetic eye disease than those who've had the disease for a shorter time frame. While diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness, diabetes also increases a person's risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma. Many people with diabetes are unaware that they have diabetic eye disease because they experience no early symptoms.

Some groups are more affected by diabetic eye disease than others:

African Americans, Hispanics/Latino, and American Indians are at a higher risk for diabetes-related eye disease. Hispanic Americans age 50 and older had the highest rates of diabetic retinopathy.

Older adults are at a higher risk of losing vision or going blind from diabetes. In fact, nearly 7.7 million people over the age of 40 have diabetic retinopathy.

Men and women are at about equal risk for diabetic retinopathy with 51 percent of U.S. cases occurring in women and 49 percent in men.

Women who have diabetes are at an increased risk for retinopathy during pregnancy.

People who smoke, have high blood pressure, and are overweight may be at greater risk for diabetic eye disease.

The doctors at Broome Optical offer a variety of treatments for diabetics. Schedule a checkup now to make sure your eyes are in best health.

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