Diabetic patients at risk for developing retinal diabetic neuropathy
A University of Iowa-led study of diabetes-related vision impairment holds good news — and some bad news — for patients with signs of these disorders. Scientists have long known that patients with diabetes mellitus — both Type 1 and Type 2 — are at high risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of irreversible blindness in adults. Vision loss occurs due to microvascular damage to the retina. People with diabetes are typically not aware that they are also at risk for developing retinal diabetic neuropathy, a loss of the nerve cells in the retina.
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