Diabetic Retinal Exam FAQ

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VuePoint Diagnostics is providing convenient access to your annual Diabetic Retinal Exam. Getting to an eye care specialist can be challenging for many people, which is why VuePoint Diagnostics is bringing the specialist to you to ensure you receive this sight-saving exam.

What is diabetic retinopathy? Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that causes changes to blood vessels in the retina, the back part of your eye. Left undetected, these changes can cause vision loss and even blindness. In fact, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults. An estimated 80% of patients with diabetes will develop some level of retinopathy in their lifetime.

Did you know? This fast, simple non-invasive exam could save your eyesight! When diabetic retinopathy is detected in early stages (through retinal exams like this one) it is highly treatable to prevent vision loss and blindness.

What is a diabetic retinal exam? A trained technician uses a special camera that captures an image of your retinas and sends them to an ophthalmologist for review.

Why is my physician recommending I have a retinal exam? It is recommended that all patients with diabetes have a retinal exam at least once per year to monitor for signs of early stage diabetic retinopathy – when treatment options are both effective and affordable.

What if I have diabetic retinopathy? If signs of diabetic retinopathy are identified, your physician will discuss next steps with you, including potential referral to an eye specialist, as needed.

Is there a charge for the exam? Your health plan is covering 100% of the cost for this fast, convenient, in-home exam as part of their ongoing commitment to keeping you healthy.

Do I need to have my eyes dilated for the exam? VuePoint Diagnostics uses the most advanced retinal imaging technology, capable of successfully capturing retinal images after having you sit in a darkened room for a few minutes to allow pupils to naturally dilate. A very small percentage (<1%) of patients may require use of a mild dilating drop to temporarily increase pupil size. If required, the mildest concentration drop is used for this exam, and the effect wears off quickly.

Committed to you. VuePoint Diagnostics, in partnership with your health plan is committed to providing the care you need to keep you safe and healthy. We are here to help and appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

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