Three-year delay in retinopathy checks 'alarming'

AUSTRALIAN patients newly diagnosed with diabetes are not having their eyes checked until about three years later, a study suggests.

The delay is “alarming” because it increases the risk of more severe retinopathy, according to the authors from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

The data comes from the first cross-sectional survey of diabetic retinopathy referral practices by GPs.

In a bid to compare actual practice with NHMRC guidelines, the researchers surveyed nearly 600 GPs in Victoria, receiving 175 complete responses.

They found the mean period