https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/new-treatments-diabetic-eye-disease Written By: Reena MukamalReviewed By: G Atma Vemulakonda, MDOct. 16, 2020 Nearly 10% of Americans have diabetes — a figure that’s expected to double by 2050. As diabetes becomes more common, an unprecedented number of patients will develop a potentially blinding eye complication called diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, doctors are developing new tools to detect and treat this condition. “These new technologies and insights could help more patients preserve their sight and keep doing the things they love, with fewer interruptions to their daily lives,” says says ophthalmologist and Academy member Atma Vemulakonda, MD. Here’s a rundown of medical advances on the horizon for people with diabetes.