Finding and treating eye disease early is key to maintaining good vision.
Screening for diabetic eye disease has saved many people from developing poor vision or even going blind.
Only a complete exam by an eye care professional can detect early eye damage. Because diabetic eye disease rarely affects your vision until it has become severe, it’s important to have an annual eye exam.
To help your primary care provider (PCP) keep your diabetes plan of care current, he or she needs a copy of your test results from your eye doctor.
To make sure you get the best care, we recommend that you ask your eye doctor to share the results of your eye exam with your PCP every year. In 2018, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas surveyed many of our primary care providers, and only 60 percent said they received eye exam results for their patients. This is much lower than in 2017 when 79 percent of primary care providers said they received the eye exam results.
If your doctor hasn’t talked to you about having an eye exam, make sure to ask about one at your next visit.
To find an eye doctor or specialist near you, use our Provider Finder® tool.
Have questions about eye exams and your vision benefits?* Call the customer service number on your member ID card.
*Benefits vary by plan. Check your plan details for more information.