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Screening for diabetic eye disease has saved many people from developing poor vision or even going blind.
A complete exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist can detect early eye damage. Because diabetic eye disease rarely affects your vision until it has become severe, it’s important to have an annual eye exam.
To help your primary care physician (PCP) keep your diabetes plan of care current, he or she needs a copy of your test results from your eye doctor.
To make sure you get the best care, we recommend that you ask your eye doctor to share the results of your eye exam with your PCP within two weeks of your eye exam. That way you can discuss the results with your PCP. It also helps make sure you get the right care at the right time.
In 2020, we surveyed many of our providers, and only a little over half said they received eye exam results for their patients. This is lower than the previous year. Three out of four PCPs said they got them in a timely manner. That’s about the same as the previous year.
So when you get an eye exam, be sure to ask your eye doctor to send your exam results to your PCP.
If your doctor hasn’t talked to you about having an eye exam, make sure to ask about one at your next visit.
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Originally published 6/11/2020; Revised 5/26/2021
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