Member States should choose the most appropriate interval between examinations

Because diabetic retinopathy is usually a progressive condition, long intervals between screenings might preclude timely detection of sight-threatening disease. Therefore, annual eye examinations are recommended for patients with diabetes (and every other year for persons with excellent glycaemic control and no retinopathy at the previous examination in certain contexts). In all cases in which treatment is indicated, it should be prompt. The choice of interval is up to each Member State on the basis of its assessment of the trade-off between costs and incremental vision loss associated with longer intervals.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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