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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: 44.8%

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 and 2012 report reflect 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 72 33.3%
0.333
ANTIOCH FAMILY CARE ANTIOCH FAMILY CARE 45 46.7%
0.467
ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE 88 35.2%
0.352
ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY MEDICINE ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY MEDICINE 33 39.4%
0.394
ASSOCIATES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE 46 56.5%
0.565
BARRY POINTE FAMILY CARE BARRY POINTE FAMILY CARE 54 40.7%
0.407
BARTLETT FAMILY HEALTHCARE BARTLETT FAMILY HEALTHCARE 32 37.5%
0.375
BLUE RIDGE FAMILY PHYSICIANS BLUE RIDGE FAMILY PHYSICIANS 97 23.7%
0.237
BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER 261 44.8%
0.448
BLUE SPRINGS INTERNAL MEDICINE BLUE SPRINGS INTERNAL MEDICINE 78 46.2%
0.462
BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 213 43.2%
0.432
CARONDELET PHYSICIANS SERVICES CARONDELET PHYSICIANS SERVICES 114 37.7%
0.377
CENTERPOINT FAMILY PRACTICE CENTERPOINT FAMILY PRACTICE 85 44.7%
0.447
CENTERPOINT INTERNAL MEDICINE CENTERPOINT INTERNAL MEDICINE 58 46.6%
0.466
CENTRAL FAMILY MEDICINE CENTRAL FAMILY MEDICINE 39 35.9%
0.359
CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC 325 55.7%
0.557
COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE 634 47.9%
0.479
COLLEGE POINT PRIMARY CARE COLLEGE POINT PRIMARY CARE 33 42.4%
0.424
CORNERSTONE FAMILY CARE CORNERSTONE FAMILY CARE 54 46.3%
0.463
CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE 203 45.3%
0.453
CREEKWOOD INTERNAL MEDICINE CREEKWOOD INTERNAL MEDICINE 102 44.1%
0.441
DELPHIA FAMILY PRACTICE DELPHIA FAMILY PRACTICE 76 56.6%
0.566
Dr. Charles E McGrath DR. CHARLES E MCGRATH 55 41.8%
0.418
ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP 1526 48%
0.48
FAMILY CARE OF EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY FAMILY CARE OF EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY 51 41.2%
0.412
FAMILY CARE OF INDEPENDENCE FAMILY CARE OF INDEPENDENCE 76 32.9%
0.329
FAMILY CARE OF LEES SUMMIT FAMILY CARE OF LEES SUMMIT 43 34.9%
0.349
FAMILY HEALTH GROUP FAMILY HEALTH GROUP 62 37.1%
0.371
FAMILY MEDICAL GROUP FAMILY MEDICAL GROUP 250 36.8%
0.368
FAMILY MEDICINE FAMILY MEDICINE 102 49%
0.49
FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES 150 45.3%
0.453
FOXWOOD FAMILY MEDICINE FOXWOOD FAMILY MEDICINE 67 31.3%
0.313
GARDNER FAMILY CARE GARDNER FAMILY CARE 45 48.9%
0.489
GASHLAND CLINIC GASHLAND CLINIC 196 39.8%
0.398
GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE GOPPERT-TRINITY FAMILY CARE 165 38.2%
0.382
GRANDVIEW HEALTH CARE CLINIC GRANDVIEW HEALTH CARE CLINIC 36 41.7%
0.417
HEARTLAND PRIMARY CARE HEARTLAND PRIMARY CARE 73 50.7%
0.507
HERITAGE PHYSICIANS GROUP HERITAGE PHYSICIANS GROUP 93 40.9%
0.409
INTERNAL MEDICINE AND RHEUMATOLOGY INTERNAL MEDICINE AND RHEUMATOLOGY 34 50%
0.5
INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES 59 49.2%
0.492
INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE 65 46.2%
0.462
IRICK FAMILY MEDICINE IRICK FAMILY MEDICINE 32 43.8%
0.438
JACKSON COUNTY MEDICAL GROUP JACKSON COUNTY MEDICAL GROUP 193 58.5%
0.585
KANSAS CITY FAMILY MEDICAL KANSAS CITY FAMILY MEDICAL 109 45%
0.45
KANSAS CITY INTERNAL MEDICINE KANSAS CITY INTERNAL MEDICINE 287 48.4%
0.484
KANSAS CITY UNIVERSITY MEDICINE AND BIOSCIENCE KANSAS CITY UNIVERSITY MEDICINE AND BIOSCIENCE 32 50%
0.5
KU MEDWEST KU MEDWEST 69 42%
0.42
KUPI DEPT OF FAMILY MEDICINE KUPI DEPT OF FAMILY MEDICINE 82 46.3%
0.463
KUPI DEPT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE KUPI DEPT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE 34 52.9%
0.529
LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER 33 39.4%
0.394
LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE LEAWOOD FAMILY CARE 105 45.7%
0.457
LEE'S SUMMIT CLINIC LEE'S SUMMIT CLINIC 122 50%
0.5
LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP 71 45.1%
0.451
LIBERTY FAMILY PHYSICIANS LIBERTY FAMILY PHYSICIANS 114 40.4%
0.404
MANNING FAMILY CARE MANNING FAMILY CARE 33 57.6%
0.576
MEDICAL ARTS CENTER MEDICAL ARTS CENTER 36 27.8%
0.278
MEDICAL GROUP OF KANSAS CITY MEDICAL GROUP OF KANSAS CITY 208 51%
0.51
MEDICAL PLAZA CONSULTANTS MEDICAL PLAZA CONSULTANTS 39 56.4%
0.564
MERITAS HEALTH PARK PLAZA MERITAS HEALTH PARK PLAZA 49 34.7%
0.347
MID-AMERICA INTERNAL MEDICINE MID-AMERICA INTERNAL MEDICINE 61 49.2%
0.492
MISSION FAMILY HEALTH CARE MISSION FAMILY HEALTH CARE 69 50.7%
0.507
NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE 193 46.1%
0.461
NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE 66 31.8%
0.318
NORTHLAND INTERNAL MEDICINE NORTHLAND INTERNAL MEDICINE 31 29%
0.29
OAK GROVE MEDICAL CLINIC OAK GROVE MEDICAL CLINIC 107 36.4%
0.364
OLATHE FAMILY PHYSICIANS OLATHE FAMILY PHYSICIANS 52 38.5%
0.385
OLATHE FAMILY PRACTICE OLATHE FAMILY PRACTICE 55 45.5%
0.455
OVERLAND PARK FAMILY HEALTH PARTNERS OVERLAND PARK FAMILY HEALTH PARTNERS 43 34.9%
0.349
PARKVILLE FAMILY PRACTICE PARKVILLE FAMILY PRACTICE 37 35.1%
0.351
POWERS FAMILY MEDICINE POWERS FAMILY MEDICINE 55 52.7%
0.527
PROVIDENCE CARE PROVIDENCE CARE 120 34.2%
0.342
PROVIDENCE CARE LIVING WATER PROVIDENCE CARE LIVING WATER 39 51.3%
0.513
QUIVIRA INTERNAL MEDICINE QUIVIRA INTERNAL MEDICINE 49 51%
0.51
REGINALD HALL MD REGINALD HALL MD 199 45.2%
0.452
ROBINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES ROBINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 83 47%
0.47
SHAWNEE FAMILY CARE SHAWNEE FAMILY CARE 43 34.9%
0.349
SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP 518 45.2%
0.452
ST. LUKE'S INTERNAL MEDICINE ST. LUKE'S INTERNAL MEDICINE 181 47.5%
0.475
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP 30 30%
0.3
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP-BARRY RD ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP-BARRY RD 51 54.9%
0.549
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL LEE'S SUMMIT ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL LEE'S SUMMIT 174 45.4%
0.454
ST. LUKE'S PRIMARY CARE SOUTH ST. LUKE'S PRIMARY CARE SOUTH 186 44.1%
0.441
STASTNY MEDICAL ASSOCIATES STASTNY MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 56 46.4%
0.464
STATLAND CLINIC STATLAND CLINIC 73 61.6%
0.616
SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP 98 45.9%
0.459
SWOPE HEALTH SERVICES SWOPE HEALTH SERVICES 35 54.3%
0.543
THE LIBERTY CLINIC THE LIBERTY CLINIC 271 37.6%
0.376
TOWN CENTER MEDICAL GROUP TOWN CENTER MEDICAL GROUP 54 37%
0.37
UNITED MEDICAL GROUP UNITED MEDICAL GROUP 81 32.1%
0.321
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HOSPITAL UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HOSPITAL 79 44.3%
0.443
WASHINGTON MEDICAL GROUP WASHINGTON MEDICAL GROUP 77 36.4%
0.364
WEST GLEN PRIMARY CARE WEST GLEN PRIMARY CARE 43 27.9%
0.279
WOODS CHAPEL MEDICAL GROUP WOODS CHAPEL MEDICAL GROUP 47 31.9%
0.319