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Screening For and Managing Diabetic Eye Disease

Screening For and Managing Diabetic Eye Disease

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— Chuck Aldridge, OD

Diabetic retinopathy affects over 95 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. Early screening to detect minor changes in the eye can reflect a change in the overall health status of a patient. Once DR is diagnosed, tracking progression and treatment success becomes key to delaying vision loss.

Fortunately, you are practicing in a time of great innovation. While electroretinography is not new, there are now ERG tests that are practice-, technician-, and patient-friendly that help us manage patients who are at risk for, and already have, diabetic retinopathy.