Almost two-thirds of people with diabetes don’t get annual eye exams, despite having an increased risk for serious eye disease and vision loss, researchers say.  Having a dilated eye exam yearly or more often can prevent 95 percent of diabetes-related vision loss, the study authors said. The study included information from nearly 2,000 people age 40 and older with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that 58 percent didn’t have regular follow-up eye exams. Smokers were 20 percent less likely to have regular eye exams. People with less severe disease and no eye problems were the least likely to get their eyes checked each year, according to the report. Patients with diabetic retinopathy were 30 percent more likely to have regular eye exams, the study authors said. Diabetic retinopathy involves changes to blood vessels in the retina that can cause them to bleed or leak fluid, distorting vision. It’s the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. American Academy of Ophthalmology, news release, October 2016