Eye Exam - Retinopathy Screening
People with diabetes are at risk for developing retinopathy. Screening for retinopathy allows for early detection and management to reduce the risk of vision loss.
Required Key Measure
Must be reported by grantees that select this Best Practice.
Number and percent of individuals in your Target Group who receive an eye exam.*
* An eye exam includes a dilated eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist or by using digital retinal imaging.
- Improvement: Increasing the number and percent of individuals in your Target Group who achieve this measure shows improvement.
- Timeframe: The timeframe for collecting data on the Required Key Measure will be January 1st to December 31st.
- Data Collection: For more information on data collection and reporting, see the SDPI Outcomes System (SOS).
Target Group Guidance
Select your Target Group from adults and/or youth with diabetes.
You are required to report Required Key Measure data for one Target Group for your selected Best Practice. A Target Group is the largest number of patients/participants that your grant program can realistically serve. The following should be considered in selecting your Target Group:
- The size and characteristics (e.g., ages, health status, settings) of the community or patient population that you are going to draw your Target Group from
- Intensity of the activities/services you plan to do
- SDPI funding and other resources available to provide activities/services
For information and examples on selecting a Target Group, see the SDPI Diabetes Best Practice and Target Group recorded webinar.
Resources and Tools
Below are selected resources and tools specific to this Best Practice. Additional resources that may be useful for all Best Practices can be found in the SDPI Best Practice Resources.
IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention
- Diabetes Education Lesson Plan: Diabetic Eye Disease [PDF – 398 KB]
- Diabetes Education Lesson Plan: Taking Care of Your Eyes When You Have Diabetes [PDF – 432 KB]
- Diabetes Standards of Care and Resources for Clinicians and Educators: Eye Care
- Recorded CME/CE Webinar:
Indian Health Service
National Eye Institute
- Educating American Indians/ Alaska Natives About Diabetic Eye Disease Tip Sheet [PDF]
- National Eye Health Education Program: Diabetic Eye Disease Resources
- National Eye Health Education Program: Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit
American Diabetes Association
- American Diabetes Association. 12. Retinopathy, Neuropathy, and Foot Care: Standards of Care in Diabetes 2023 Diabetes Care 2023;46(Suppl. 1):S203-S215. doi:10.2337/dc23-S012