Silver Book Fact

Timely treatment and follow-up care can reduce the risk of blindness in individuals with proliferative retinopathy by 95%.

Reference

Title
Diabetic Retinopathy
Authors
Research to Prevent Blindness
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Human Value

Related Facts

  • Because the resource use and direct cost of glaucoma treatment and management increases as the disease severity worsens– from an average $623 per early-stage patient to $2,511 per late-stage patient–…  
  • Intensive glucose control (3 or more daily insulin injections or continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion) reduced the mean risk of retinopathy by 76% in type 1 diabetes patients who had not…  
  • Current treatments for proliferative diabetic retinopathy have reduced the rate of blindness within 5 years from 50% to less than 5%.  
  • Detection and treatment of proliferative diabetic eye disease and clincally significant macular edema with laser therapy can reduce severe vision loss progression by 50% to 60%  
  • AMD risk reduction through diet
    A recent study indicated that 20% of AMD cases in the AREDS study would have been eliminated if the participants consumed diets with a dGI (dietary glycemic index) below the…