Hundreds of thousands of Australians with diabetes at risk of eye damage and blindness
Latest figures reveal 1.25 million Australians have known diabetes with an additional 108,000 Australians diagnosed with diabetes in just the past 12 months.
The figures have prompted renewed calls from Diabetes Australia for people with diabetes to have regular eye checks.
“Every person with diabetes is at risk of diabetes related retinopathy. Nearly all people with type 1 diabetes, and almost 60 per cent of people with type 2 diabetes, will develop some form of eye disease within 20 years of diagnosis,” said Professor Greg Johnson, CEO of Diabetes Australia .