According to a new pilot study, patients with diabetes are adherent to — and even enthusiastic about — self-monitoring their vision with a mobile app, but the study was not able to quantitatively demonstrate a health effect from the intervention. Diabetic retinopathy, a degradation of vision that can lead to blindness, is one of the most common complications of diabetes.
“General findings are that diabetic patients, even though they have a lot on their plate — checking their sugar regularly, etc. — they enjoy using the mobile app because it simplifies this aspect of their healthcare,” Dr. Irena Tsui, the lead investigator on the study, told MobiHealthNews. “Without it we would tell patients, ‘If you notice a change in your vision please call us.’ So that’s kind of a big thing. This is something concrete that patients can do at home.”
Doctors at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA enrolled 60 patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes in the trial, instructing them to download and use the app to monitor their vision and report changes to a physician. Doctors, including both the patient’s primary care physician and their vision specialist — could log onto the back-end and see the results of the tests. Keep reading>>