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9 striking facts about diabetic eye disease

Every 6 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with diabetes. It’s high time to spread more awareness to risk groups. We're striving for better quality of life thanks to prevention, control and care.

Untreated or undiagnosed diabetes causes irreversible damage

The number of diabetes patients all over the world keeps rising. Chronically high blood sugar characterizes this disease, and this causes a whole lot of damage to the body. Unfortunately, this accumulating damage doesn’t cause any symptoms in the early stages of diabetes. Even in later stages, patients’ complaints are often still vague. This leaves many unsuspecting diabetics undiagnosed for years and years. Sadly, the longer diabetes remains untreated, the more difficult it becomes to control symptoms and any damage that has been done to the eyes or other organs is irreversible. When it comes to diabetic eye disease, many patients come to suffer from severe vision impairment or even blindness, quite simply because they were diagnosed too late.

9 facts for spreading awareness

Every 6 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with diabetes. It’s high time to spread more awareness of how patients can gift themselves a better quality of life thanks to prevention, control and care. In this post, we’ll share some striking facts and numbers about diabetes and diabetic eye disease. We want to stress the importance of routine check-ups and self-care for risk groups. Always remember: diabetic eye diseases’ symptoms can be absent or undetectable – especially in early stages – and any damage that has been done to the eye is irreversible.

 

90% of all visual disabilities are caused by chronic eye diseases – a significant portion of which are diabetic back of the eye disorders. ¹ 1.3 billion people live with some form of vision impairment. ¹ Approximately 80% of all vision impairment globally is avoidable. ¹
Early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy can reduce the risk of vision loss by 95%. ³ 35% of all diabetic patients currently suffer from retinopathy. ² 36 million people are blind. ¹
Diabetic retinopathy affects 93 million adults worldwide. ¹ Diabetes is the leading cause of newly diagnosed adult blindness for people between the ages of 20 and 74 years. ⁴ People who live with diabetes for 20 years or longer, have a 85 – 95% chance of developing diabetic retinopathy. ²

Sources:

¹ https://www.who.int/

² https://www.oogvoordiabetes.be/

³ https://www.ontrackdiabetes.com

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