Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of preventable blindness in working age people in Australia. This life-changing disease is considered to be a significant health threat worldwide.
Almost 1.1 million Australians have diagnosed (known) diabetes.
Of these, over 300,000 have some degree of diabetic retinopathy and about 65,000 have progressed to sight-threatening eye disease.
Most people with diabetic retinopathy should keep most, if not all vision, providing it is diagnosed early and all steps are taken to keep it under control.