The negative impact diabetes has on areas of the body and organs, including kidneys, heart and nerves have been well documented. However, there is a new emphasis on the relationship between diabetes and the eyes. The number of people with diabetes-related vision problems globally is estimated to increase to 180.6 million in 2030. The figure reported in 2014 was 146 million. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults in the United States. 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes.
How does diabetes affect vision?