KU researchers are making key discoveries that could prevent retinopathy
A University of Kansas Medical Center retina specialist, working with a KU M.D.-Ph.D student, has made some important discoveries that could help more than 4.4 million people in the United States who suffer from diabetic retinopathy and other degenerative eye conditions.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults. It affects up to 80 percent of all patients who have had the disease for 10 years or more. Poor blood sugar control can be especially detrimental to small blood vessels - such as those in the eye. High blood glucose levels may damage the tiny blood vessels in the retina of people with diabetes, which often leads to vision impairment and blindness.