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  • The results of this study suggest that 68% of the population from this primary care practice got a dilated eye exam within a year. Facilitators were awareness/knowledge about the DR and DFE, eye problems and information from their doctors.
  • Almost 20% of the patients did not get an eye exam as recommended. Various barriers included cost, transportation issues, time constraint issues, lack of symptoms of the disease, and fear of the exam.
  • There is a significance difference in getting an eye exam by the type of insurance with a smaller percentage of Medicaid recipients (60%) meeting the guidelines compared to Private (94% and 80%) (p=0.01)
  • Improved provider education efforts that address patient barriers may increase adherence to the recommendations for getting a DFE.
  • Information and support on diabetic retinopathy and the importance of a dilated eye exam can help motivate diabetes patients to be examined by ophthalmologists.