Silver Book Fact

An estimated 4.1 million Americans age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy.

Kempen JH, O'Colmain BJ, Leske MC, et al. The Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy Among Adults in the United States. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 552-63. http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=416212

Reference

Title
The Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy Among Adults in the United States
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Kempen JH, O'Colmain BJ, Leske MC, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
552-63
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

Related Facts

  • The number of Medicare beneficiaries newly diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneratino (AMD) more than doubled between 1994 and 2006.  
  • An estimated 4,195,966 Americans age 40 and older have vision impairment and blindness—1,288,275 are blind and 2,907,691 have vision impairment.  
  • More than 7.6 million Americans age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy—7,685,237.  
  • An association with vision loss and vehicular crashes has been shown in older adult drivers.  
  • 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.