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Experts Warn Diabetic Retinopathy Rates May Double by 2050

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition where the retina suffers damage due to complications from diabetes. People with untreated or poorly managed diabetes are at a greater risk for this condition, which can lead to diminished vision and eventually total blindness.

A global consortium recently published a study in the Diabetes Care journal that warns more diabetics may lose their sight within the next several years. In 2010, 7.7 million Americans suffered from diabetic retinopathy, an 89 percent increase from the 4.1 million with the condition in 2000.

Looking at the prevalence of diabetes worldwide, as the numbers of diabetic patients increase, so will the number of patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy. Researchers estimate that by 2050, more than 14.6 million Americans will suffer from this eye condition.

Diabetic retinopathy is a treatable disease, with laser treatments and steroid injections currently in use to preserve patient vision.

However, according to Janet Leasher, lead author of the study, the condition rarely shows any symptoms early on. This can make it difficult to catch before the later stages where it can lead to total blindness.

Getting yearly eye tests and managing your blood sugar and blood pressure are key components in reducing your risk for this disease.

Total Blindness Qualifies for Extra Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration give people who are legally blind special consideration when it comes to determining whether or not they can engage in substantial gainful employment.

If you are blind or have very low vision, Disability Help Group can accommodate your needs and help you file your claim for Social Security disability benefits.

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