Study Links Increase in Vision Loss to Rise in Diabetes

For those who don’t already know, diabetes can cause blindness, especially long-term. A new study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Wilmer Eye Institute states that vision loss has increased a whopping 20 percent in a decade. They blame the rise in diabetes for this rise.

Nonrefractive vision impairment, like glaucoma and cataracts, requires surgery or laser therapy, and is often caught too late. When diabetes strikes younger people, these vision impairments are likely to come at a much younger age. When people have diabetes for ten or more years, vision loss risks skyrocket. And according to the study, adults younger than 40 who have had diabetes for ten or more years, doubled from 0.3 to 0.7 percent during testing from 1999 to 2002 and 2005 to 2008.

The study acknowledges that there is no proof that diabetes is the singular factor in the rise of vision loss, however the association is certainly there, and the only indicator that got worse and worse as the study went on.

What this means for the future is more people who are dependent on others in getting around, restricted driver’s licenses, as well as other problems that simply come from younger people who are considered overweight or obese.

It was also noted that everyone with diabetes in England is screened regularly for vision problems, which can eliminate blindness related to the disease. However, only about half of diabetics in the US are screened regularly.

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