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October 1976

Diabetic Retinopathy

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(10):1804. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040578019

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To the Editor.  —According to the National Commission on Diabetes, which submitted a report to the United States Congress recently, diabetes now affects 10 million Americans and is increasing at an incredible rate (50% in the past eight years). Diabetics are 25 times more prone to blindness than nondiabetics.For ophthalmologists, the increasing number of patients with diabetic retinopathy is a nightmare. Diabetes is now a major cause of blindness. We desperately try to stem the tide of progression of the retinopathy with laser or to recapture some of the lost vision from massive vitreous hemorrhage and retinal detachment by vitrectomy and scleral buckling procedures, but we are sure that as the patient lives longer, the eye damage will continue.The American Diabetes Association makes urgent appeals for funds or research into the treatment of diabetes. They are joined by many other organizations. Practically nowhere is a voice raised to

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