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The Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy Among Adults in the United States

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    • An estimated 4.1 million Americans currently have diabetic retinopathy. That number is expected to grow to 7.2 million by 2020.  
    • Diabetic retinopathy often causes vision loss and blindness during working age years, resulting in more disability and person-years of vision lost than other eye diseases.  
    • Around 824,000 Americans age 74 and older have diabetic retinopathy– 5% of the 74 and older population.  
    • Diabetic retinopathy over the age of 40
      One in 12 diabetics age 40 and older has advanced diabetic retinopathy that threatens their vision.  
    • An estimated 4.1 million Americans age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy.