All people with diabetes–both type 1 and type 2–are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, which is why everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.
The longer someone has diabetes, the more likely he or she will get diabetic retinopathy.
Between 40 to 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy. If you have diabetic retinopathy, your doctor can recommend treatment to help prevent its progression.
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