Diabetic RetinopathyWhat Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.

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What Can I Do About It?

All people with diabetes — both type 1 and type 2 — are at risk. Since there is effective treatment if retinopathy is diagnosed promptly, diabetics should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.

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Any New Treatments?

New Treatments are here now – Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is elevated when the retina becomes ischemic and neovascularization occurs. A new therapy is available that lowers or blocks the effects of VEGF.

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Where Can I Get More Info & Support?

You will find more information by contacting any one of the following organizations:

American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
(800) 342-2383

American Diabetes Association Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM-8 PM Eastern Standard Time. The American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public. Contact ADA for diabetes-related questions or to request a diabetes information packet. Spanish language consumer website.

EyeCare America
655 Beach St.
San Francisco, CA 94109-1336
(877) 887-6327
(800) 222-3937

EyeCare America provides comprehensive eye exams and care for up to one year, often at no out-of-pocket expense to eligible callers through its Seniors and Diabetes EyeCare Programs. Its Glaucoma EyeCare Program provides a glaucoma eye exam. The EyeCare America Children’s EyeCare Program educates parents and primary care providers about the importance of early childhood (newborn through 36 months of age) eye care and offers a free downloadable educational brochure. EyeCare America is a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
(301) 496-5248

The NEI conducts and supports research on eye diseases and vision disorders. Offers free publications for the general public and patients.

The Discovery Eye Foundation
Learn more about Diabetic Retinopathy through The Discovery Foundation (a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles).