From Portland, Oregon, USA:
My three and one-half year old has been diagnosed for one year now, and I was wondering what the standard is for getting eye exams. A friend with a son the same age has already had one for a baseline measure, but our doctor does not seem to think it is necessary yet.
The standard of care for eye examinations established by various studies and accepted by the medical community recommends the following:
It is alright to have an eye exam sooner then five years if you have type 1, but complications would be rare so soon in the history of the disease. Type 2 can go undetected for many years before diagnosis and that is why an eye exam is recommended soon after diagnosis. An eye exam should be performed through dilated pupils yearly thereafter or more frequently if diabetic eye disease is detected.
- Type 1 patients should have their eyes examined by the fifth year after diagnosis.
- Type 2 patients should have an eye exam soon after diagnosis.
Original posting 13 Mar 2001
Posted to Complications
|Return to the Top of This Page|
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:20
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.