Diabetic Retinopathy  /  Future Human Burden

Diabetes is becoming increasingly common in industrialized and even developing countries.  A serious and irreversible complication of diabetes--diabetic retinopathy (DR)--could impact as many as 191 million people around the globe by 2030. Despite the fact that DR is a leading cause of vision loss around the world, as many as 50% of people with diabetes are not getting regular eye exams, or are diagnosed too late for treatment to be effective.  The diabetic retinopathy fact sheet was released on May 19th during a webcast.  Click here to read the transcript, see the slides, and listen to the webcast audio.

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    • Future Impact of DR
      The rise of DR will disproportionately impacting the poorest populations, since 80% of people with diabetes live in low-middle income countries.  
    • People Affected Worldwide by DR
      By 2030, more than 191 million people around the world will be affected by DR—56 million with vision-threatening DR.