For all persons given the Diabetes Care Survey (DCS) and have been told they have diabetes, DIAEYEXCALYR reports whether the respondent had an eye exam in which their pupils were dilated in the current calendar year. For more information about how the structure of MEPS data collection impacts DIAEYEXCALYR, please see the Diabetes Care Survey user note.
For the full list of variables pertaining to when the respondent had an eye exam in which their pupils were dilated, please see DIAEYEXNV.
DIAEYEXCALYR is one of a set of variables comprising the DCS, a supplemental, self-administered pencil-and-paper survey about how respondents treat their diabetes. For related variables and more information, please see DIACONF.
Codes and Frequencies
There is a slight change to the way the DCS collects information about an eye exam over time. In 2000 and 2001, the DCS asked, "When was the last time you had an eye exam in which your pupils were dilated?" and respondents were only able to choose one year, or that they have never had an eye exam. Beginning in 2002, the DCS instead asks, "Which of the following year(s) did you have an eye exam in which your pupils were dilated?" and respondents can select multiple years, or that they have never had an eye exam. Due to the similarity of these questions, IPUMS MEPS staff chose to harmonize the data from these two questions. Otherwise, this variable is completely comparable over time.
- 2000-2018: All persons ages 18+ who reported a diabetes diagnosis in the priority conditions section of the MEPS survey (DIABETICEV), and were given the Diabetes Care Survey (DCS), and reported in the DCS that they had been told by a doctor or other health professional they have diabetes or sugar diabetes (DCSDIABDX).
- 2000-2018 : DIABWEIGHT