DR: A Common, Serious, and Undertreated Complication of Diabetes2,3
- According to the CDC, as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050,4 which puts a great number of individuals at risk of DR
- DR can affect about a third of adults over age 40 with diabetes3
- DR is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among people with diabetes between the ages of 20 and 74 years2
DME Is a Complication of DR That Can Occur Any Time5
Half the patients newly diagnosed with DME present with visual acuity of worse than 20/406
- About half the people with DR are expected to develop DME1
- Risk of DME increases with the severity of DR1
Awareness Is Limited Among Patients With Diabetic Eye Disease7
The AOA states that in 2017 alone, Doctors of Optometry diagnosed >400,000 new cases of
DR.8 And, in a 2014 study, the majority of patients with DR or DME reported that they had
never been told by a doctor that diabetes was affecting their eyes.9
% Patients With DME or DR Without DME Not Told by a Doctor That Diabetes Was Affecting Their Eyes
Patients with DME
Patients with DR
Cross-sectional analysis of 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) national data; N=798 participants with self-reported diabetes stratified by DR and DME status.
There is a significant need for diabetes patient education9
The Majority of Patients at Risk of Vision Loss From Severe
Nonproliferative DR (NPDR) Without DME Are Not Being Treated10
In a Retrospective Analysis Conducted by Regeneron, Many Commercially Insured
Patients With DR Without DME Were Untreated 1 Year Following Diagnosis (age ≥18 years; N=9633)10
% Patients With Untreated DR
Data on file—Results of a retrospective longitudinal cohort analysis of Truven MarketScan Commercial and Medicare claims data. Patients were included in the analysis if they were aged ≥18 years, had a diagnosis of diabetes, and had a diagnosis of DR without macular edema. Patients categorized according to most severe DR diagnosis (order: severe NPDR, moderate NPDR, mild NPDR). Study period: January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015.
Your Diabetes Patients May Be at Serious Risk of Vision Loss.
AOA = American Optometric Association; CDC = Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.