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Your appointment

Diabetic retinopathy screening involves taking special photographs (images) of your eyes. An eye specialist reviews the images to check your eyes for diabetic retinopathy.

Register for Diabetic RetinaScreen

If you have a query about your screening appointment phone 1800 992 968.

Before your appointment

We will send you an invitation to attend your local clinic. The invitation will say where you need to go.

If you’re under age 16, you’ll need to bring a parent or guardian with you.

Diabetic RetinaScreen clinic locations

Things to prepare

Eye drops are used to get a better picture of your eyes. The drops may make your eyes sensitive to light. You may want to bring sunglasses.

You will not be able to drive home from your appointment. You may want to arrange for someone to collect you.

You do not need to fast before or after your appointment.

If you have a disability

If you have a disability and need support during your appointment, contact our Access Officer.

Freephone: 1800 45 45 55


During your appointment

Your screening appointment should last about 30 minutes.

What to expect at your appointment (video)

You will be asked to consent for us to use eye drops.

The eye drops may cause your eyes to sting slightly, and after about 15 minutes your vision will be blurred. You may find it difficult to focus on objects that are close to you.

There will be a flash of light each time a photograph is taken. The camera will not touch your eye.

After your appointment

You may have blurred vision for 4 to 6 hours after your appointment. Do not drive or use machinery during this time.

After the screening procedure, everything might look bright. You might want to wear sunglasses if your eyes are sensitive.

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Page last reviewed: 27 May 2024
Next review due: 27 May 2027