New research shows dramatic increase in the prevalence of eye disease, including an 89% increase in diabetic related eye disorders since 2000

Research conducted by a team at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA has reported an alarming rise in the prevalence of several ophthalmic disorders over the last 10 years. The study, released by Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute, has reported that the number of people aged 40 years and older with vision impairment and blindness has increased by a massive 23% since the year 2000. By any yardstick the data presents a significant challenge to public health care systems, not least of all in the unprecedented increase of diabetic related eye diseases.