Indexed on: 02 Aug '08Published on: 02 Aug '08Published in: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Elderly diabetic persons are 1.5 times more likely than age-matched nondiabetic persons to develop vision loss and blindness. Annually, between 12,000 and 24,000 diabetic patients in the United States become legally blind because of complications caused by diabetic retinopathy. Even more diabetic persons experience vision loss caused by comorbid ocular and periocular conditions such as dry eye syndrome, cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. This article discusses the synergy between these conditions and diabetes. Standards of care that slow the progression of vision loss and exciting new research on new strategies of care that may reverse vision loss are presented.