Should we reduce the frequency of retinopathy screenings?

abbeysue
By abbeysue Latest Reply 2017-04-24 10:40:53 -0500
Started 2017-04-20 11:45:14 -0500

I just finished reading an article by Medscape that highlighted research that proposed reducing the frequency of retinopathy screenings from once every year to once every two years for those patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes that do not show signs of retinopathy upon initial examination. What are your thoughts? Do you think less retinopathy screenings would be beneficial? Or do you prefer yearly screenings? What are the pros and cons of less frequent screenings for you, personally?

See the article here: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878802#vp_1


7 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2017-04-24 06:59:59 -0500 Report

The article hits on it a bit, the thought that we are not all the same. I have mine done when I get my eyes examined. If I start to get news that there are things going on, I may step it up, but for now, it is just watching. I don't do that to save the healthcare system money, I just do it this way because it works for me, If I was having issues or warning signs, I would do it as much as I need to make sure I am not having problems.

w8chd
w8chd 2017-04-23 01:44:23 -0500 Report

That is another one of those things you have to have to decide for yourself since the "powers that be" are always changing the recommendations. Eye doctor appointments are one of the things I have put off because I just don't like my eyes being messed with. At this point i have never been to an eye doctor, i know I'll probably have to go see one sometime but it likely won't be until I feel it's a necessity.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2017-04-24 10:40:53 -0500 Report

"I'll probably have to go see one sometime but it likely won't be until I feel it's a necessity."
hopefully, at that point, it won't be too late. early detection can ward off serious problems. I put off eye exams and lost the sight in one eye as a result.

namaste
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WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-04-23 08:03:07 -0500 Report

Everyone knows when there is a problem with their vision, that is not something that someone would not already know about.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-04-20 18:56:44 -0500 Report

I waited over a year and my insurance called me to set up a new eye check. They suggested every 6 months for people who have a diabetic history so they say. Of course they may just want to keep the money coming in from Government paid insurance.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2017-04-20 14:04:16 -0500 Report

For myself, I prefer annual screenings, not necessarily because of diabetes related issues, but because some other things have happened recently that I feel need monitoring.