Many people with diabetes live with some form of visual impairment due to a variety of possible causes. Visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy is a long-term complication of the condition. Diabetes also raises the risk for visual impairment due to cataracts, glaucoma and stroke. Age-related macular degeneration is not caused by diabetes, but like type 2diabetes, it occurs more frequently as people age, and many people have both. People who develop impaired vision earlier in life tend to develop diabetes at the same rate as people with similar risk factors; and people with diabetes can develop other eye diseases or trauma, in the same way as anyone else. Ann Williams reports on the initiatives undertaken by a US organization to improve access to diabetes education for people with visual impairment.
visual impairment, cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland