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In This Issue of JAMA Ophthalmology
November 2016


JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;134(11):1213. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.3268

Because the public health success of diabetic retinopathy screening programs depends, in part, on patients’ adherence to the timetable of follow-up eye care recommended by the screening program, Keenum and coauthors evaluate to what extent patients with diabetes in a diabetic retinopathy screening program adhere to the timetable of recommended follow-up eye examinations. In a follow-up study, only about 30% of patients adhered to recommendations to have an eye examination within the indicated time frames, even when cost and accessibility were minimized as barriers. Two years later, about half of the patients still had not undergone an eye examination. These data suggest that diabetic retinopathy screening programs may need additional strategies that can address limitations of patients to adhere to eye care follow-up recommendations.