February 2009




Diabetes threatens to increase eye disease, long-term



As more Americans are diagnosed with diabetes, a recent study in Archives of Ophthalmology predicts the number of Americans with eye diseases to increase over the next several decades.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used published data from the 2004 National Health Interview Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau to estimate the number, age, sex and race/ethnicity of diabetic Americans that will suffer from the following eye conditions in 2050: diabetic retinopathy, vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts.

They estimated that from 2005 to 2050, diabetic retinopathy cases will increase from 5.5 million to 16 million and vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy cases will rise from 1.2 million to 3.4 million.

Also, cataract cases among diabetic white and black Americans aged 40 years and older will likely rise 235%; cataract cases among people with diabetes who are over 75 will increase 637% for black women and 677% for black men, the researchers said.

The number of glaucoma cases among Hispanics who are 65 and older with diabetes is expected to increase 12-fold. “Vision loss related to eye disease among people with diabetes is an important disability that threatens independence and can lead to depression, reduced mobility and reduced quality of life,” the study’s authors wrote.

Source: Ivanhoe Newswire

Reported by: EyeWorld News Services

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