A common complication in the diabetic population

Diabetic Retinopathy is a common disorder affecting 12 million Americans1, which occurs when the blood vessels at the back of the eye (the retina) are damaged .

Early signs of diabetic retinopathy include  include:

  • blurriness
  • “floaters”
  • difficulty perceiving colors
  • dark areas of vision
  • fluctuating vision

This chronic condition is the leading cause of all blindness in the United States, not just those with diabetes2.

of diabetics have retinopathy

Expensive to manage, making early detection critical

Diabetes-related blindness costs the United States $500 annually3, but through early detection and treatment, the chances of blindness can be reduced by 95%4.
Diagram showing a healthy eye and an eye of a patient with diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive chronic condition, and the cost of care increases as the disease becomes more severe, making early identification critical to improving patient outcomes and delivering cost-effective care.

There are two main types of diabetic retinopathy. Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy or early diabetic retinopathy is caused when blood vessels in the retina become damaged, preventing the creation of new blood vessels. Advanced or proliferative diabetic retinopathy is caused when early diabetic retinopathy progresses, leading to the cutoff of blood vessels in the retina, causing new, abnormal blood vessel creation. 

Biomedix Xchange & Diabetic Retinopathy

Biomedix Xchange LogoThe Biomedix Xchange population health management platform enables quick, intuitive, and secure identification of diabetic retinopathy in targeted patient populations. Featuring an integrated technology stack, diabetic retinopathy results are automatically aggregated for longitudinal analysis and reporting. This is particularly valuable for polychronic populations managed by value-based care organizations. 

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and pre-diabetes in the US, 2011. 2 American Diabetes Association, 2016 3 https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/pdf/factsheet.pdf 4 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/ preventing-problems/diabetic-eye-disease