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Your results

We will send you a letter with your eye screening results within 3 weeks of your appointment.

The results will also be sent to your GP and your eye doctor.

Your letter will tell you if you have:

No retinopathy

This means no signs of retinopathy were found. You should attend your usual screening appointment next year.

If you have a result of no retinopathy from your last 2 screenings, your next screening invitation will be in 2 years. This will reduce the number of screening appointments and reduce unnecessary clinic visits and examinations.

People who have had 2 results of 'no retinopathy' in a row are at very low risk of getting retinopathy between screens.

If your next screening result finds retinopathy, you will either:

  • go back to having screening once a year
  • be referred for treatment for retinopathy

Non-urgent advice: Contact your GP or eye doctor straight away if

you have sight problems between screening appointments.

These changes could include:

  • sudden vision loss
  • your vision getting worse

Do not wait until your next screening appointment.

Background retinopathy

This means you have minor signs of diabetic retinopathy.

You do not need treatment, but you'll need to take care to prevent the problem getting worse.

You can do this by:

It's important that you go to your next screening appointment.

Pre-proliferative diabetic retinopathy

Pre-proliferative diabetic retinopathy is a stage between background and proliferative diabetic retinopathy. You do not need treatment. But you need more more regular monitoring in the Diabetic RetinaScreen centres.

Proliferative retinopathy

This means you have significant changes to your retina due to retinopathy. This may eventually result in loss of vision.

You will be referred to an ophthalmology clinic for treatment.

Diabetic macular oedema

This means blood vessels have leaked fluid into the centre of your retina (called the macula) causing swelling.

You will be referred to an eye clinic for treatment.

Digital surveillance eye screening

Digital surveillance eye screening is where your eyes are monitored more than once a year, but you do not need treatment.

Regular monitoring will show if your diabetic retinopathy is:

  • improving - you may return to annual screening
  • not improving - you will remain in digital surveillance
  • getting worse - you will be referred to a Diabetic RetinaScreen treatment clinic

Other eye conditions

Sometimes, we find other eye conditions during screening that are not related to diabetic retinopathy.

We tell you in your results letter if we find other eye conditions. We will also tell your GP, so they can arrange follow up where needed.

You can contact your GP for more information.

Treatment locations contact details

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Eccles St
Dublin 7

Phone: 01 805 6298

Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital
Adelaide Road
D02 XK51

Phone: 01 634 3613

University Hospital Waterford
Dunmore Road
Waterford City
X91 ER8E

Phone: 051 848 049

South Infirmary - Victoria University Hospital (SIVUH)
Old Blackrock Road
T12 X23H

021 426 0990

University Hospital Limerick
Saint Nessan's Road
V94 F858

Phone: 061 482 374

University Hospital Galway
Newcastle Road
H91 YR71

Phone: 091 544 152

University Hospital Sligo
The Mall
F91 H684

University Hospital Letterkenny
Kilmacrennan Road
F92 AE81

Phone: 074 912 3734

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