Term: Diabetes Care: Prevalence of Annual Eye Exams

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Last Updated: 2020-05-19


Individuals with diabetes are at a greater risk of damage to the retina than the general population. In the later stages of diabetes, individuals may develop diabetic retinopathy (non-inflammatory damage to the retina), which causes the swelling of blood vessels in the retina and leaking of fluid or the abnormal growth of new blood vessels on the surface of the retina. Diabetic retinopathy can develop without symptoms and, when left untreated, may cause loss of vision or blindness, so regular eye examinations for diabetics help to diagnose retinopathy early and slow its progression.

This indicator measures the proportion of residents age 19+ with diabetes who had an eye exam in a given year, defined by a visit to an Ophthalmologist (MD Bloc=051) or an Optometrist (MD Bloc=053).


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