Why it is important to be checked for diabetic retinopathy?
The most precise way to detect diabetic retinopathy and monitor its progression is through a comprehensive eye exam. This consists of several parts including the following: Visual acuity test, slit lamp exam, and a dilated exam. Diabetic retinopathy can take years to develop, which is why it is important to have regular eye exams. Because people with this disease may have been living with it for years before being diagnosed, it is important that they see an eye doctor without delay and keep those regular exams up yearly.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following diabetic eye exams for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes -
Type 1 diabetes: Within five years of being diagnosed and then yearly after that.
Type 2 diabetes: At the time of diabetes diagnosis and then yearly after that.
During pregnancy: Pregnant women with diabetes should schedule an appointment with their eye doctor in the first trimester because retinopathy can progress quickly during pregnancy.
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