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10/16/08 - Digital Technology Improves Eye Exams

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New digital photography technology has made screening for diabetes-related vision diseases more convenient and cost effective for members of the Fort Mojave American Indian tribe in Arizona, the Arizona Republic reports. Tribe spokesperson Kelly Hills said American Indians have the highest diabetes rate in the nation at more than twice that of the general population. Those with diabetic retinopathy usually do not have visible symptoms of the disease until their condition has progressed beyond repair.