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Disparities in Diabetic Eye Care

Ophthalmology Times

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With diabetes the leading cause of new, preventable cases of blindness in working-aged adults in the United States, medical experts are now suggesting patients have dilated eye examinations after their first diabetes diagnosis.

Despite this medical advice from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Optometry and the American Diabetes Association, only about 48% of diabetic patients receive the exam regularly.

A new University of Houston study, published in the journal Diabetes Epidemiology and Management,1 may explain significant racial and ethnic disparities that connect the numbers of those who undergo eye examinations ...