Diabetic Retinopathy  /  Cost of Disease

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.  
    • Annual Direct and Indirect Costs of Diabetic Retinopathy
    • DR Quality of Life
      A quality of life survey of legally blind DR patients found that 41% would be willing to trade their remaining years for perfect vision.  
    • Percent of Blindness in 2010 Due to DR by Region
    • World Blindess from DR
    • DR, A Leading Cause of Blindess
      DR is the one of the leading causes of blindness.  
    • Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy by Age, in the US
    • Global DR Prevalence
      The overall prevalence of global DR is 34.6%—6.96% for PDR, 6.81% for DME, and 10.2% for vision-threatening DR.  
    • Risk of DR
      The risk of DR increases the longer a person has diabetes.  More than 75% of people who have diabetes for more than 20 years will have some form of DR.  
    • Global DR Prevalence
      DR affects more than 126 million people around the world— 37 million with vision-threatening DR.  
    • Proportion of People with Diabetes with Diabetic Retinopathy of Any Severity, by Country
      Map figures are for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.