Diabetes can cause problems with your eyes. This condition is called retinopathy, and can lead to decreased vision or blindness. By receiving a dilated retinal eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist, changes in your eyes can be monitored. Treatments exist that can prevent or delay diabetic retinopathy. Patients with diabetes that have high blood sugars and/or high blood pressure are more at risk for developing eye problems.
This measure shows the percent of patients with diabetes in each practice who had a documented dilated retinal eye exam. A higher number is better.
Note: Some patients have eye exam benefits that are separate from their health insurance and may not be included in this report. This may result in a lower score
Why it is important
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause serious eye problems, such as trouble seeing and blindness. Yearly retinal exams and good blood sugar control can prevent or decrease the chance of vision loss.
What you and your doctor should do
Your doctor should refer you to an ophthalmologist or optometrist to have a dilated retinal exam to check for changes in your eyes. It is your responsibility to get the test done by an eye doctor. Ask your doctor to send a copy of the results to your primary care doctor so you can discuss the results together.
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