During the Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month in November, Oxurion will help Prevent Blindness promote awareness and education of the damaging effects that diabetes may have on vision and eye health.
Prevent Blindness is the United States’ leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. To help support the fight against vision loss and blindness due to diabetes, Oxurion has partnered with this organization.
According to the recent Prevent Blindness study, “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” there are more than 8.1 million Americans with diabetic retinopathy. The projected total cases of diabetic retinopathy will increase by 35 percent to 10.9 million by 2032, and by 63 percent to 13.2 million by 2050. Due largely to the high mortality risk among this population, diabetic retinopathy patients have an average age of 66 years, the youngest of any of the leading eye diseases, including cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
The National Eye Institute states diabetic eye disease can cause as many as 25,000 new cases of blindness every year. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Diabetes is a disease that takes a terrible toll on many parts of the body, including our eyes,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “By working across multiple sectors, as with this partnership with Oxurion, we can help provide the public with the information they need to work with their doctors to help preserve healthy vision.”
Patrik De Haes, M.D., CEO of Oxurion: “We are proud to support Prevent Blindness’ efforts to preserve vision for people living with diabetic eye disease, a leading cause of blindness for adults of working age worldwide. It is crucial for our team to partner with organizations such as Prevent Blindness as we work together to raise awareness and provide educational information for patients and their families during Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month and beyond.”