Explanation: "This measure assesses the percentage of adult diabetes patients aged 18-75 years receiving a dilated retinal eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist."

Why is this important?: "Retinopathy poses a serious threat to vision. The prevalence of retinopathy is strongly related to the duration of diabetes. Treatment modalities exist that can prevent or delay diabetic retinopathy.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology (AACE/ACE), American Diabetes Association (ADA), and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommend that a dilated eye examination be performed on patients with diabetes during an initial assessment and at least annually thereafter.

AACE/ACE recommend that the annual eye examination be performed as part of a retinal module. The module includes test of visual acuity (Snellen chart); funduscopic examination and intraocular pressure (IOP) test. The AACE/ACE recommend that diabetic patients should be under the care of an ophthalmologist experienced in the management of diabetic retinopathy. AACE/ACE further believes that a dilated eye exam should only be done by an MD/DO."  

 

Taken from the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse

http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/summary/summary.aspx?doc_id=4078