How to Prevent Eye Complications with Type 1 Diabetes
In 1921, the introduction of insulin revolutionized the treatment of diabetes. Yet, as Elliott P. Joslin himself noticed, as patients lived longer, they developed unexpected complications. One of the most severe complications was diabetic eye disease.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common vascular complication of diabetes, and the leading cause of vision loss among working age Americans. Experts estimate a half a billion eyes will be affected by diabetic retinopathy worldwide by the year 2030. Left untreated, it leads to blindness after 20 to 30 years with diabetes.