It is important since ocular pathologies such as diabetic retinopathy often advance without warning signs or symptoms, and if not proactively managed, can cause substantial vision loss. The DigiScope can detect changes that are occurring in the retina. Often, these changes can be reversed if detected early.
Diabetic retinopathy is a very prevalent among diabetics.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in diabetics ages 20-75.
Nearly all patients who have had type 1 diabetes for about 20 years have some degree of diabetic retinopathy.
21% of people with type 2 diabetes have diabetic retinopathy when they are first diagnosed, and most will develop the condition over time.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends annual eye exams for people with diabetes.
Accessing the risk for diabetic retinopathy using the advanced technology of the DigiScope only takes about 10 minutes.
Since mild dilation drops will be placed in their eyes, their vision may be slightly blurred for 1-2 hours. You may want to recommend that they arrange for a ride home in advance, unless they have the time to wait for the blurriness to diminish. After their vision has cleared, they may return to their normal activities immediately.
If your patients wear contact lenses, you will want to ask them to wear their glasses to their appointment. If they donít have glasses, you should advise them that they need to plan on removing their contact lenses before the DigiScope exam and reinserting them after the exam.