Why does Diabetic patient need Retinal exam?
The main reason people with diabetes are encouraged to have regular eye exams is to look for changes in the blood vessels of the retina that indicate diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy develops as prolonged exposure to high blood glucose weakens the walls of the blood vessels in the eyes.
How do we do Diabetic retinal eye exam?
Some of the features of diabetic retinopathy cannot be seen during a basic eye exam and require special exams. To get a better look at the inside of the eye, we use special camera to view the retina. It is a simple exam and takes 5 minutes to complete. No eye drops are used to dilate your eyes.
Who interprets the eye exam images?
Our Retinavue smart camera automatically transmits the images to Board certified ophthalmologist and retina specialist who reads the images. Your report automatically comes back in your electronic records for us to review. You will get the results within 12-24 hours or earlier.
Does Medicare pay for eye exams if patient is diabetic? Medicare, Medicare advantage plans and private Insurance covers eye exams for diabetic retinopathy once each year if you have diabetes.
How often should a diabetic get an eye exam? After the first eye exam, all adults with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam every year, although your doctor may suggest every 2 years after a normal exam. Exams may be needed more often than once a year if you have eye problems.
Can Diabetes cause blindness?
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye (retina). It can cause blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated. However, it usually takes several years for diabetic retinopathy to reach a stage where it could threaten your sight.
What are the four stages of diabetic retinopathy?
The four stages of diabetic retinopathy are classified as mild, moderate, and severe non proliferative and proliferative
How long does it take for diabetic retinopathy to progress?
Although retinopathy usually does not appear for approximately five years after a type 1 diabetes diagnosis, it may already be present when type 2 diabetes is diagnosed. After 15 years of having diabetes, 98 percent of those with type 1 diabetes and 78 percent of those with type 2 have some degree of retinal damage.
Can patient drive after diabetic eye test?
Eye exam we offer does not include dilation of eyes with any drops. You can drive after the exam is done. Your DM eye exam can be performed while you are in the office for your Diabetes visit or it can be scheduled at different times.