Diabetic Retinopathy and other Vision Problems on the Rise

Vision problems are on the rise in the US, according to a report released last week by Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute. Many of these eye diseases can lead to vision loss. One of the most significant rises was seen in diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy has increased 89 percent over the last 12 years. This rise is largely attributable to higher rates of diabetes. This eye disease can cause blindness.

Other vision problems which have seen a rise since 2000 include:

  • Macular degeneration, by 25 percent
  • Glaucoma, by 22 percent
  • Cataracts, by 19 percent

The rises in age-related eye diseases may be explained by a large generation who is now aging. Both cataracts and age-related macular degeneration are typically associated with advanced age.

If you are concerned about your eye health, you can take steps to prevent vision problems. Schedule annual eye exams and physicals to prevent health problems and catch them early. You should also ask your eye doctor about your ocular health, including finding out what vision problems you are at risk for and what steps you can take to prevent that risk.

If you want to see the original Prevent Blindness America report, it can be viewed at www.visionproblemsus.org.

To learn more about diabetic retinopathy and other vision problems, please find an eye doctor in your area.