According to the International Diabetes Foundation, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in adults of working age (20 to 65 years) in industrialized countries. It is estimated that more than 2.5 million people worldwide are affected by it. 74 percent of people who have diabetes for 10 years or more will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy. Yearly diabetic eye exams are crucial for the early detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease. At Barrett Eye Care, we have performed thousands of diabetic eye exams which have led to early detection and treatment of many patients across central Indiana.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends yearly dilated eye exams for all patients diagnosed with diabetes. If diabetic retinopathy is present, more frequent eye exams may be necessary. All of our diabetic eye exams include pupillary dilation to help better view the retina and detect any subtle, early changes from diabetes. Following your diabetic eye exam, our doctors will communicate the results of the diabetic eye exam with your primary care physician. We will then work together to optimize your treatments and preserve your vision. Diabetic eye exams are covered by most major medical insurance plans. If you have diabetes, call today to schedule your comprehensive diabetic eye exam.