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While the gold standard for diabetic eye health is for each patient to see an eye care provider for a diabetic retinal exam (DRE), barriers exist that prevent proper eye care for many patients with diabetes. The primary barriers for patients with diabetes in accessing timely eye care include lack of awareness of needing eye exams, inequitable distribution of eye care providers, and additional costs (in terms of travel, time off from work, and medical fees of seeing another care provider). Screening with a non-mydriatic camera in the primary care setting can overcome these barriers and help to identify patients most at risk for vision-threatening disease. Once you have established the need for remote DR screening in your practice, our manual will help you implement the Tele-I-Care service into your clinic.

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