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Screening appointments are going ahead as normal.

Diabetic RetinaScreen, the National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme, is inviting people for their screening appointments.

We are sending out invitations for screening to anyone who:

  • is overdue a screening appointment 
  • is now due a screening appointment
  • has now become eligible for their first eye screening test
  • has recently joined the programme.

Under current COVID-19 restrictions, people can travel for essential purposes including screening appointments. We have precautions in place to help protect you and our staff against the spread of COVID-19. Please attend for screening when you receive your invitation.

When you go for your screening test

Although your Diabetic RetinaScreen test will be the same, it may seem a little different when you go for your next screening appointment.

After you receive your appointment letter, we will ring you to check you are well and wish to attend your screening appointment.

Some other changes:

  • You will be asked to wait outside until it is time for your appointment.
  • You should come for your appointment on your own but if you need someone to help you into the building, please let us know.
  • Your screener will wear some personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Fewer people will be in your clinic building.
  • You will be asked to wear a face mask. We can provide you with a mask if you do not have one.
  • You might have to wait a little longer for your appointment.

Preparing for your screening appointment:

  • Bring your mobile phone with you, in case we need to contact you before you come into the clinic.
  • Do your best to organise childcare, where needed, before your appointment.
  • Organise a lift home, ideally with someone from your own household.
  • Bring warm clothes and/or a rain jacket in case you have to spend time outside waiting to be called into the clinic for your appointment.
  • Bring your own pen to sign the screening form.

It is important to get a lift to your appointment because you cannot drive after receiving your eye drops.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, only you can enter the building. If you need someone to help you into the building, please let us know.

Follow-up treatment

Following a patient’s diabetic retinopathy screening appointment, some patients may be referred for follow-up or  treatment to a hospital clinic.

If your referral is urgent you will be prioritised. Other follow-up appointments are taking longer due to COVID-19. You may have to wait some weeks to get your appointment or you may have your appointment rescheduled.

Managing symptoms

If you have any concerns about your eyes or your sight it is important to contact your GP, eye doctor, or optician.

Diabetic retinopathy may not have any symptoms or may not affect sight in the early stages. When the condition is caught early, treatment is effective at reducing or preventing damage to sight.

Register now for Diabetic RetinaScreen

Regular screening for diabetic retinopathy is important if you have diabetes. People with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. This is a common complication of diabetes which affects the small blood vessels in the lining at the back of the eye and can lead to deterioration in vision.

If you, or someone you know, are living with diabetes and aged 12 years or older, make sure you are registered with Diabetic RetinaScreen.

Please ring Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or register online.

page last reviewed: 18/11/2020
next review due: 18/11/2023

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