Diabetes is a disease that affects the way we process food.  With all forms of diabetes, the body has trouble converting sugar in the blood into energy.

Diabetes Statistics

  • Almost 26 million people in the United States have diabetes.
  • There has been an 89% increase in the number of people with diabetic retinopathy from 2000 to 2010.
  • Over 4.2 million adults were diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy as recently as 2008.
  • People with diabetes are 25 times more likely to go blind than those who are not diabetic.


  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty reading
  • Floaters
  • Double vision

People with diabetes are more likely to develop vision-threatening conditions

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy

Non proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the small blood vessels in the retina.  The damaged vessels leak blood and fluid and cause the retina to swell.

Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Most severe form
  • Usually requires surgical intervention

Diabetic Macular Edema

Diabetic macular edema is a severe form of diabetic retinopathy and laser surgery is usually the preferred treatment option.

Symptoms of Macular Edema

  • Decreased vision
  • Distortion of images
  • Difficulty reading
  • Missing areas of vision
  • Changes in contrast sensitivity

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