What are the tests for diabetic retinopathy?

Eye exam. The first step is yearly eye exams by a qualified eye doctor. This is the first line of detection. If retinopathy is found, other testing is done to deteine severity and treatment.
See an eye doctor. When an ophthalmologist or optometrist sees diabetic retinopathy by doing a dilated retinal exam, a retina specialist can do further confirmatory testing (fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography) to stage and thus appropriately treat the retinopathy. Diabetics need to see their eye care provider at least once a year for a dilated retinal exam.

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my diabetic retinopathy?

Ophthalmologist. Most non-ophthalmologists are not trained nor have the equipment for examining the retina. There are tests that sometimes that need to be done as well that are only available in the ophthalmology office.
See an eye doctor. Diabetic retinopathy can only be treated by an ophthalmologist. Eye doctors have special equipment that can help visualize early signs of diabetic retinopathy, before it becomes severe, and can begin treatment early. You only get one pair of eyes; be sure to have them cared for by an ophthalmologist who treats diabetic eye disease.
See an eye doctor. When an ophthalmologist or optometrist sees diabetic retinopathy by doing a dilated retinal exam, a retina specialist can do further confirmatory testing (fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography) to stage and thus appropriately treat the retinopathy. Diabetics need to see their eye care provider at least once a year for a dilated retinal exam.

Can a normal yearly eye exam tell you if you have diabetic retinopathy? The dr took pictures of my eyes and other tests but nothing was said about it.

Pre DM2 & retinopath. Couple of great factors to your advantage are your age and that you are not a diabetic. Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes. My understanding is that you are a pre diabetic. In my opinion you should focus on methods to prevent diabetes such as exercise and nutritional changes. However, is great that you know couple of complications from dmii.
Ask the doctor. Most young diabetics will take at least 5 years before the diabetes can affect the retina- the light sensitive eye that is most commonly involved. Adult onset diabetics usually already have some form of eye disease at diagnosis. The chance of retinopathy is dependent on duration of disease, the amount of control of blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol and other co-existing diseases.
Yes. There are a variety of retinal findings that can develop with diabetes. It is why diabetic eye exams are covered, where as person without diabetes don't have medical coverage for routine eye exams.