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How often should people with diabetes have their eyes checked?

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People with type 1 diabetes should have a complete eye exam within five years of diagnosis. Those with type 2 should have an eye exam when they get diagnosed. After that, all people with diabetes should have an eye exam at least once a year. Your doctor may recommend more frequent screenings depending on how severe your retinal damage is and on other diabetes complications you have.

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American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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