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Some Kids With Type 1 Miss Eye Exams

Almost 1 in 5 children with type 1 have retinopathy, but many children with type 1 diabetes aren't getting dilated eye exams, a study found, and African American kids are tested less often than their white peers. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that people with diabetes start receiving eye checks five years after diagnosis or by age 10, and then annually (or every two to three years after a normal exam result). In this study, researchers looked at the records of 1,112 children who, based on the ADA's criteria, should have had their eyes checked. Despite doctors' advice that they get eye exams, only 64 percent received one over the next two years (including 66 percent of white kids and 54 percent of black children).
Source:Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, published online May 1, 2013


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