Diabetes Patients on Medicare Lack Eye Exams
Lack of health insurance is a barrier to regular eye exams for some people with diabetes, but a study suggests that people insured through Medicare may be missing out, too. Researchers studied records of 2,151 Medicare beneficiaries who had either diabetes or one of two common eye conditions: glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. A quarter of the total group either hadn’t had an eye exam or had just one within the past five years. Of those who went without an exam, nearly three-quarters had diabetes. Participants with diabetic retinopathy were more likely to undergo eye exams than people with diabetes but no eye disease. Getting an annual dilated eye exam is important even if your vision is crystal clear because it may catch diabetes-related problems early.
Source: Ophthalmology, published online Aug. 28, 2014