An annual trip to your eye doctor is something that you’re probably used to if you have type 1 diabetes. It is in the treatment guidelines because you have a risk for diabetic retinopathy. But what if you don’t really need to go annually, especially if you don’t have a high risk for retinopathy?
New research suggests this one-size-fits-all advice is costly and ineffective, because people with a low risk may need less frequent screenings while people at high risk may need to be seen more often.
The researchers determined that those participants who had an average blood sugar level of 6 percent, but no signs of retinopathy, could forgo the annual screening in favor of just one exam every four years. Similar people with mild retinopathy should be screened once every three years, the team concluded. By contrast, those with severe or moderate retinopathy would do well to get screened every three to six months, respectively, the study authors reported.
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