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Diabetes: Eye exams

Diabetes can cause problems with your eyes. This condition is called retinopathy. Retinopathy can lead to decreased vision and blindness. By receiving a dilated retinal eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist, changes in your eyes can be monitored. Treatments exist that can prevent or delay diabetic retinopathy.

Patients with diabetes that have high blood sugars and/or high blood pressure are more at risk for developing eye problems.

You can work with your doctor to understand your diabetes and stay healthy. This will help you feel better and lower your chances of having heart disease, a stroke or other problems.

If you have diabetes, make sure you get regular check-ups that include the following tests:

  • Blood pressure check
  • Blood test for A1c. This test shows the average blood sugar level for 2 to 3 months.
  • Blood test for cholesterol level. This test shows the level of cholesterol, a fat, waxy-like substance, in your blood.
  • Eye exam
  • Blood and urine tests to check how the kidneys are working


There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not produce enough insulin. Type 1 diabetes usually is first diagnosed during childhood. Type 2 diabetes is when the body does not respond as it should to insulin. Both adults and children can get type 2 diabetes.

Who is at risk for diabetes?
Almost everyone knows someone who has diabetes. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:

  • Older age
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Having diabetes during a pregnancy. This is called gestational diabetes.
  • Higher than normal levels of blood sugar. This is called impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes.
  • Not exercising enough


Risk factors for type 1 diabetes are less clear than they are for type 2 diabetes. Family history, genetics, and problems with the body’s system for fighting infection give a higher risk for type 1 diabetes.

This measure shows the percent of patients with diabetes in each practice who had a documented dilated retinal eye exam. A higher number is better.

Note: Some patients have eye exam benefits that are separate from their health insurance and may not be included in this report. This may result in a lower score.

If your doctor's office is not listed it means there was not enough information available to report this measure.

Why it is important:
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause serious eye problems, such as trouble seeing and blindness. Yearly retinal exams and good blood sugar control can prevent or decrease the chance of vision loss. To have excellent control of your diabetes, you must pay close attention to your diet, control your portion sizes, and get regular exercise.

What you and your doctor should do:
Good health requires a partnership. Your doctor cannot do it alone. Your doctor should refer you to an ophthalmologist or optometrist to have a dilated retinal exam to check for changes in your eyes. It is your responsibility to get the test done by an eye doctor. You should ask your doctor to send a copy of the results to your primary care doctor so you can discuss the results together.

How does diabetes affect our community?

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 8.6% of adults have diabetes in the Kansas City region.
  • In 2003, Kansas City (MO) hospital admissions with diabetes as the principal diagnosis resulted in 5,440 days of care provided with hospital charges over $17 million.

 

Find information and tools to help you manage your diabetes

Greater Kansas City Area Average: 46.8%

National Average: 57%



Information for the 2008 report was provided by six commercial health plans which also included two managed Medicaid health plans. Information for the 2009 and 2010 reports were provided by five commercial health plans and did not include any Medicaid information. The 2011 report reflects information provided by four commercial health plans and also did not include any Medicaid information.


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Practice Name
#
Score
ALVAREZ CLINIC ALVAREZ CLINIC 76 39.5%
0.395
ANTIOCH FAMILY CARE ANTIOCH FAMILY CARE 38 44.7%
0.447
ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE 116 35.3%
0.353
ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY MEDICINE ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY MEDICINE 49 44.9%
0.449
ASSOCIATES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE 56 53.6%
0.536
BARRY POINTE FAMILY CARE BARRY POINTE FAMILY CARE 82 32.9%
0.329
BARTLETT FAMILY HEALTHCARE BARTLETT FAMILY HEALTHCARE 40 42.5%
0.425
BLUE RIDGE FAMILY PHYSICIANS BLUE RIDGE FAMILY PHYSICIANS 109 32.1%
0.321
BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER 261 47.1%
0.471
BLUE SPRINGS INTERNAL MEDICINE BLUE SPRINGS INTERNAL MEDICINE 99 43.4%
0.434
BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 266 43.6%
0.436
CARONDELET PHYSICIANS SERVICES CARONDELET PHYSICIANS SERVICES 113 46%
0.46
CENTERPOINT FAMILY PRACTICE CENTERPOINT FAMILY PRACTICE 145 57.2%
0.572
CENTERPOINT INTERNAL MEDICINE CENTERPOINT INTERNAL MEDICINE 99 47.5%
0.475
CENTRAL FAMILY MEDICINE CENTRAL FAMILY MEDICINE 46 45.7%
0.457
CHARTRAND CLINIC CHARTRAND CLINIC 47 42.6%
0.426
CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC 378 62.4%
0.624
COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE 754 46.9%
0.469
COLLEGE POINT PRIMARY CARE COLLEGE POINT PRIMARY CARE 31 38.7%
0.387
CORNERSTONE FAMILY CARE CORNERSTONE FAMILY CARE 54 50%
0.5
CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE 228 45.2%
0.452
CREEKWOOD INTERNAL MEDICINE CREEKWOOD INTERNAL MEDICINE 85 49.4%
0.494
DELPHIA FAMILY PRACTICE DELPHIA FAMILY PRACTICE 103 52.4%
0.524
Dr. Charles E McGrath DR. CHARLES E MCGRATH 41 31.7%
0.317
Dr. Herbert E Hall DR. HERBERT E HALL 31 48.4%
0.484
Dr. Stephanie M Revels DR. STEPHANIE M REVELS 32 50%
0.5
ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP 1687 51.5%
0.515
FAMILY CARE OF EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY FAMILY CARE OF EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY 85 43.5%
0.435
FAMILY CARE OF INDEPENDENCE FAMILY CARE OF INDEPENDENCE 113 46%
0.46
FAMILY CARE OF LEES SUMMIT FAMILY CARE OF LEES SUMMIT 61 42.6%
0.426
FAMILY HEALTH GROUP FAMILY HEALTH GROUP 84 45.2%
0.452
FAMILY MEDICAL GROUP FAMILY MEDICAL GROUP 237 46%
0.46
FAMILY MEDICINE FAMILY MEDICINE 98 57.1%
0.571
FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES 146 41.1%
0.411
FOXHILL MEDICAL GROUP FOXHILL MEDICAL GROUP 30 56.7%
0.567
FOXWOOD FAMILY MEDICINE FOXWOOD FAMILY MEDICINE 64 25%
0.25
GARDNER FAMILY CARE GARDNER FAMILY CARE 73 37%
0.37
GASHLAND CLINIC GASHLAND CLINIC 272 40.1%
0.401
GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE 207 42.5%
0.425
GRANDVIEW HEALTH CARE CLINIC GRANDVIEW HEALTH CARE CLINIC 65 47.7%
0.477
HEARTLAND PRIMARY CARE HEARTLAND PRIMARY CARE 136 51.5%
0.515
HERITAGE PHYSICIANS GROUP HERITAGE PHYSICIANS GROUP 94 41.5%
0.415
INTERNAL MEDICINE AND RHEUMATOLOGY INTERNAL MEDICINE AND RHEUMATOLOGY 46 56.5%
0.565
INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES 69 49.3%
0.493
INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE 69 44.9%
0.449
IRICK FAMILY MEDICINE IRICK FAMILY MEDICINE 43 41.9%
0.419
JACKSON COUNTY MEDICAL GROUP JACKSON COUNTY MEDICAL GROUP 250 59.2%
0.592
KANSAS CITY FAMILY MEDICAL KANSAS CITY FAMILY MEDICAL 120 48.3%
0.483
KANSAS CITY INTERNAL MEDICINE KANSAS CITY INTERNAL MEDICINE 350 60.9%
0.609
KANZA MULTISPECIALTY GROUP KANZA MULTISPECIALTY GROUP 77 45.5%
0.455
KEARNEY FAMILY MEDICINE KEARNEY FAMILY MEDICINE 57 29.8%
0.298
KIMBALL, SCOTT, KIMBALL, COOPER MD KIMBALL, SCOTT, KIMBALL, COOPER MD 42 42.9%
0.429
KU MEDWEST KU MEDWEST 114 48.2%
0.482
KUPI DEPT OF FAMILY MEDICINE KUPI DEPT OF FAMILY MEDICINE 123 41.5%
0.415
KUPI DEPT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE KUPI DEPT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE 51 47.1%
0.471
LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER 48 35.4%
0.354
LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE 130 46.2%
0.462
LEAWOOD FAMILY PHYSICIANS LEAWOOD FAMILY PHYSICIANS 31 45.2%
0.452
LEE'S SUMMIT CLINIC LEE'S SUMMIT CLINIC 68 36.8%
0.368
LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP 109 50.5%
0.505
LEES SUMMIT FAMILY MEDICINE LEES SUMMIT FAMILY MEDICINE 37 45.9%
0.459
LIBERTY FAMILY PHYSICIANS LIBERTY FAMILY PHYSICIANS 115 38.3%
0.383
LIBERTY MEDICINE SPECIALISTS LIBERTY MEDICINE SPECIALISTS 33 30.3%
0.303
MANNING FAMILY CARE MANNING FAMILY CARE 45 64.4%
0.644
MEDICAL ARTS CENTER MEDICAL ARTS CENTER 34 38.2%
0.382
MEDICAL GROUP OF KANSAS CITY MEDICAL GROUP OF KANSAS CITY 300 49%
0.49
MEDICAL PLAZA CONSULTANTS MEDICAL PLAZA CONSULTANTS 36 55.6%
0.556
MID-AMERICA INTERNAL MEDICINE MID-AMERICA INTERNAL MEDICINE 57 50.9%
0.509
MISSION FAMILY HEALTH CARE MISSION FAMILY HEALTH CARE 83 42.2%
0.422
NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE 197 47.2%
0.472
NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE 177 35.6%
0.356
NORTHTOWN MEDICAL GROUP NORTHTOWN MEDICAL GROUP 33 60.6%
0.606
OAK GROVE MEDICAL CLINIC OAK GROVE MEDICAL CLINIC 102 41.2%
0.412
OLATHE FAMILY PHYSICIANS OLATHE FAMILY PHYSICIANS 49 28.6%
0.286
OLATHE FAMILY PRACTICE OLATHE FAMILY PRACTICE 53 47.2%
0.472
OVERLAND PARK FAMILY HEALTH PARTNERS OVERLAND PARK FAMILY HEALTH PARTNERS 48 29.2%
0.292
PARKVILLE FAMILY PRACTICE PARKVILLE FAMILY PRACTICE 34 64.7%
0.647
PAVILLION MEDICAL OFFICE PAVILLION MEDICAL OFFICE 32 31.3%
0.313
PLATTE MEDICAL CLINIC PLATTE MEDICAL CLINIC 40 40%
0.4
POWERS FAMILY MEDICINE POWERS FAMILY MEDICINE 62 33.9%
0.339
PROVIDENCE CARE PROVIDENCE CARE 61 42.6%
0.426
QUIVIRA INTERNAL MEDICINE QUIVIRA INTERNAL MEDICINE 76 57.9%
0.579
REGINALD HALL MD REGINALD HALL MD 218 38.1%
0.381
RESEARCH FAMILY PHYSICIANS RESEARCH FAMILY PHYSICIANS 37 40.5%
0.405
ROBINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES ROBINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 77 46.8%
0.468
SHAWNEE FAMILY CARE SHAWNEE FAMILY CARE 54 37%
0.37
SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP 552 43.7%
0.437
ST. LUKE'S INTERNAL MEDICINE ST. LUKE'S INTERNAL MEDICINE 219 49.8%
0.498
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP 37 45.9%
0.459
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP-BARRY RD ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP-BARRY RD 50 46%
0.46
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL LEE'S SUMMIT ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL LEE'S SUMMIT 253 49.4%
0.494
ST. LUKE'S PRIMARY CARE SOUTH ST. LUKE'S PRIMARY CARE SOUTH 268 48.9%
0.489
STASTNY MEDICAL ASSOCIATES STASTNY MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 67 41.8%
0.418
STATLAND CLINIC STATLAND CLINIC 81 63%
0.63
SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP 205 46.3%
0.463
SWOPE HEALTH SERVICES SWOPE HEALTH SERVICES 45 37.8%
0.378
THE LIBERTY CLINIC THE LIBERTY CLINIC 257 39.3%
0.393
TOWN CENTER MEDICAL GROUP TOWN CENTER MEDICAL GROUP 56 41.1%
0.411
UNITED MEDICAL GROUP UNITED MEDICAL GROUP 167 44.9%
0.449
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HOSPITAL UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HOSPITAL 157 43.3%
0.433
WASHINGTON MEDICAL GROUP WASHINGTON MEDICAL GROUP 72 30.6%
0.306
WEST GLEN PRIMARY CARE WEST GLEN PRIMARY CARE 90 46.7%
0.467
WOODS CHAPEL MEDICAL GROUP WOODS CHAPEL MEDICAL GROUP 46 37%
0.37