Middlesex County Public Health Profile Report
Dilated Eye Exams Among Persons with Diabetes: Estimated Percent (Age-adjusted), 2013-2015
Middlesex65.8% 95% Confidence Interval(47.0% - 80.7%)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
State60.6% U.S. NANA=Data not available.
Middlesex Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Individuals with diabetes are at a greater risk for eye related health problems than those without diabetes. A dilated eye exam tests for diabetic retinopathy which is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. Timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care of diabetic retinopathy can reduce the risk of blindness up to 95% according to the National Eye Institute.
How Are We Doing?In 2015, 58.6% of adults with diagnosed diabetes reported that they had a dilated eye exam within the past year.
What Is Being Done?The New Jersey Department of Human Services' Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired Diabetic Eye Disease Detection Program provides dilated eye exams for low income individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.
Healthy People Objective D-10:Increase the proportion of adults with diabetes who have an annual dilated eye examination
U.S. Target: 58.7 percent (age-adjusted)
State Target: 74.6 percent (age-adjusted)
NoteAll prevalence estimates are age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.
Data SourcesBehavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, [http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/njbrfs/]
Measure Description for Dilated Eye Exams Among Persons with Diabetes
Definition: Percentage of persons aged 18 years and older with diagnosed diabetes who have had a dilated eye exam within the past year.
Numerator: Number of persons aged 18 years and older with diagnosed diabetes interviewed for this survey who reported that they had a dilated eye exam within the past year
Denominator: Total number of persons aged 18 years and older with diagnosed diabetes interviewed during the same survey period