"More Diabetic Retinopathy Screening? Primary Care May Be the Answer" - Kristen Monaco
Primary care may be an untapped resource for diabetic retinopathy screening, a new study suggested. In a survey of over 3,200 adults with diabetes, nearly 88 percent visited a primary care physician within 12 months. However, out of those who did not have a dilated eye exam within the previous year, 82.2 percent had a primary care visit -- potentially serving as an underused resource for diabetic retinopathy screening. Avnish Deobhakta, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai said, "This is a useful way for primary care physicians and retina specialists to get a sense of whether diabetic patients are being appropriately screened for diabetic retinopathy."
— Avnish Deobhakta, MD, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai