Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Telehealth

The best way to prevent diabetes-related vision loss is via an annual dilated eye exam. However, the majority of patients with diabetes do not get this annual eye exam even though it is a standard recommendation for maintaining health. The critical steps in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of diabetic retinopathy are to obtain a diabetic retinopathy screening (DRS) followed by a dilated eye exam. Telehealth plays an essential role in the DRS process. Telehealth allows physicians to detect eye disease early in the treatment of diabetes, even when the patient does not have eye-related symptoms. DRS at the primary care level, accompanied by telehealth technology and a follow up dilated eye exam, is essential to the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of diabetic retinopathy. Continued efforts to coordinate care through DRS, telehealth, and a dilated eye exam will impact the lives of patients and their families by saving patients with diabetes from vision loss!

In this course, we discuss diabetic retinopathy risk factors, symptoms, natural history, and prevention; screening techniques for diabetic retinopathy using DRS and telehealth; approaches for managing diabetic retinopathy using DRS and telehealth; the benefits of using DRS with telehealth technology; and frequently asked questions (FAQs) and valuable resources.

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