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Study: Telemedicine Improves Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Rates

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People with diabetes should get screened for diabetic retinopathy once a year, but fewer than half actually do. A recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology found that using telemedicine—in which a person’s primary care physician takes photos of the patient’s eyes with a specially designed camera and uploads the images to be evaluated by an eye professional elsewhere—can greatly increase screening rates.

Researchers randomly assigned 567 adults with diabetes to either traditional surveillance by an eye care professional or telemedicine performed by a primary care physician. Compared with those who received traditional surveillance, those who received telemedicine were significantly more likely to be screened for diabetic retinopathy. In the study’s first six months, about 95 percent of those in the telemedicine group were screened, compared to 44 percent in the traditional group. From six to 18 months, the rates were 53 percent and 33 percent, respectively.

If you have diabetes, make sure you get screened for diabetic retinopathy at least once each year.





Posted in Vision on December 9, 2015

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