Eye Exam for Diabetes Patients 2017-18 Edition
Why it important to get eye exams if you have diabetes?Diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your eyes which can possibly lead to blindness. By getting an eye exam regularly, these problems can be found early when they are easier to treat. Having your eyes examined annually is an important part of good diabetes care.
How should doctors help protect your vision if you have diabetes?Your doctor should examine your eyes every year if you have had an eye problem in the past. If no problems were noted during your last eye screening, an eye exam should be done every other year. If a problem is found early and treated, it can help save your vision.
Talk with your doctor and health plan to find out about what other services are available. Many health plans offer additional support and resources for patients with diabetes. These additional services may be educational materials (online and in print), classes or support groups, or phone counseling.
What do the scores mean?The scores show how well each health plan did at making sure patients with diabetes had an eye exam to check for damage that can lead to eye problems, like blindness. The higher score means more patients got the right care at the right time.
The scores are based on information from at least 30 health plan member administrative records in 2016. Some plans also use patient medical records which are often more complete and result in higher scores. Plans that decide not to use medical records are likely to have lower scores.