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Dilated-Pupil Eye Exams Key to Preventing Retinopathy

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The American Diabetes Association (ADA) advises that people with diabetes have dilated-pupil eye exams every one to two years, and more often if there are signs of a diabetes-related eye condition called retinopathy. But records for 298,383 insured people with type 2 diabetes revealed that almost half had gone five years without having had an eye exam, and only 15 percent met the ADA recommendations. Of 2,949 with type 1 diabetes, one-third hadn’t had an eye exam in five years, and only 26 percent met ADA guidelines. Detecting retinopathy, the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes, is important because it can be treated. If you’re behind on your eye exams, make an appointment with an ophthalmologist today.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Jan. 24, 2019

 

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