Are diabetics getting eye exams like they should?

According to a new study, no.

Tell me about the study.
The study used claims data from roughly 300,000 insured diabetic patients (both type 1 and type 2) between the years of 2010-2014.

What did they find?
A couple things:
1. In the patients with type 2 diabetes and no diagnosed retinopathy, almost half had no eye exam visits over the 5-year period.
2. In the patients with type 1 diabetes, one-third had no eye exam visits in the five year period.

The take home:
According to the authors, “the frequency of eye exams was alarmingly low, adding to the abundant literature that systemic changes in health care may be needed to detect and prevent vision-threatening eye disease among people with diabetes.”

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