A large study conducted by the Wills Eye Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that most diabetics do not have yearly eye exams despite being at an increased risk of developing serious eye diseases.
Researchers discovered that 60% of diabetic patients skip yearly eye exams. In addition, diabetic patients who smoke and those who have less severe diabetes and no eye problems were the ones most likely to avoid getting eye checks.
Charts of almost 2,000 patients aged 40 and older who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes were reviewed in the study. Researchers did find that patients with diabetic retinopathy were 30 percent more likely to have yearly exams.
Researchers hope to raise awareness of the importance of regular eye exams for people with diabetes to help prevent complications and vision loss.
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