Patient Compliance with Diabetic Eye Exams Helps to Reduces Risk Eye exams patients play a key role in helping us manage their risk and likelihood of vision loss from diabetic eye problems and retinopathy. Following through and being compliant with your doctor’s recommendations for scheduled appointments and testing is just a smart thing to do. While there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, with careful management of risk factors such as blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, moderation of alcohol consumption and routine exercise along with regular annual dilated eye exams, the potential vision loss from diabetes and associated diabetic eye problems can be minimized.
Research about Diabetic Eye Exam Compliance Researchers reporting in the journal Ophthalmology, identified a range of factors that predict how and why diabetic patients are, or are not complaints with annual eye examinations. The researchers used a new questionnaire designed to measure health beliefs related to diabetic retinopathy and annual eye examinations called the Compliance with Annual Diabetic Eye Exams Survey (CADEES).
Factors that Influence Diabetic Eye Exam Compliance There were several obvious as well as interesting factors that influenced diabetic patient compliance with annual eye exams. These include the understanding and belief as to whether or not insurance covered most of the eye examination cost, whether it was difficult to schedule or physically get to an eye exam appointment, whether patients had been counseled and made aware that having a diabetic eye exam should be a strong priority, and whether patients had been told at any earlier visits that they had signs of diabetic retinopathy. In addition to these patient factors, eye doctors also play a role and can help with diabetic eye exam compliance by diligently counseling newly diagnosed patients more intensely and those with poorly controlled blood glucose on the importance of annual eye examinations and discussing and helping patients remove their perceived barriers and misconceptions.
If you or someone you know has diabetes they need to have regular annual dilated eye exams to prevent vision loss from diabetic eye diseases and problems. Please share this information about diabetic eye exam compliance with them and ask them to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.