Diabetes, sleep apnoea may increase risk of eye disease

Diabetic retinopathy affected eye. CREDIT: File photo

Diabetic retinopathy — the most common form of eye disease — affects between 40 and 50% of patients with diabetes.

The findings showed that the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy was higher in patients with sleep apnoea (42.9%) compared to those without sleep apnoea (24.1%) – that causes snoring and interrupting breathing.

Further, it was also more common in patients with both Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnoea compared to those with only high blood sugar levels alone.

“Despite improvements in glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, diabetic retinopathy remains very common,” said Abd Tahrani from the University…