A new report has revealed that the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy continues to increase in US adults, which may reflect figures in the UK.
The study, carried out by experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, showed that nearly 30 per cent of US adults with diabetes over the age of 40 are estimated to have diabetic retinopathy, with four per cent of this demographic having vision-threatening retinopathy.
Dr Xinzhi Zhang, who led the study, said that investigating the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy is important because it is a key indicator of systemic diabetic microvascular complications.
"With the ageing of the population and the increasing proportion of the population with diverse racial/ethnic heritage, the number of cases of diabetic retinopathy and vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy will likely increase," the expert stated.
Recent research carried out by specialists at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, showed that patients with glaucoma appear to have more rapid visual field change if they are older or if they have abnormal levels of the anticardiolipin antibody.
by Adrian Galbreth