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Collaboration With The Multidisciplinary Team
Each of the eye care providers on the diabetic care team have an important role. Optometrists and general ophthalmologists are both adept providers for dilated eye examinations. They will diagnose diabetic retinopathy (DR) and determine if referral for treatment is necessary. Optometrists and most ophthalmologists will refer patients who need treatment to a retinal specialist.6
Unfortunately, some patients with DR will lose substantial vision despite treatment. Patients who have lost substantial vision or have trouble with activities of daily living can be referred to a low vision specialist. These specialists can help patients learn to use their remaining vision to the fullest potential through utilizing low vision devices such as telescopes, magnifiers, and independent living aids.7