Telemedicine could improve eye exam access for people with diabetes and in the process prevent blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy, according to researchers.

Currently, less than 65 percent of U.S. adults with diabetes undergo screening for what is considered to be the No. 1 cause of new-onset blindness. Making matters worse, these eye exam rates drop as low as 10 percent to 20 percent for those in underserved populations.

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