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July 26, 2000

How Often Should Patients With Diabetes Be Screened for Retinopathy?—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(4):437-439. doi:10.1001/jama.284.4.436

In Reply: These responses to our study raise interesting points, but mainly serve to reinforce our conclusions, which are that (1) eye screening is critically important, (2) high-risk patients should receive annual screening, and, (3) low-risk patients (those with reasonable risk factors and a previously normal eye examination) receive little to no benefit from screening annually vs every 2 to 3 years. The discussion about utility values highlights these points.