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Screening appointments are going ahead as normal.

You will receive a letter with your eye screening results within 3 weeks of your appointment. The results will also be sent to your GP and your nominated eye doctor.

Your letter will tell you that you have one of the following:

  • No retinopathy
  • Background retinopathy
  • Pre-proliferative retinopathy
  • Proliferative retinopathy
  • Diabetic macular oedema

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 previous 2 screenings, your next screening invitation will be 2 years from the time of their last screen.

This will reduce the number of screening appointments and reduce unnecessary clinic visits and examinations. 

If your next screening result detects retinopathy, you will be returned to annual screening or referred for treatment.

People who have had 2 consecutive results of no retinopathy have been found to be at very low risk of progressing to retinopathy between screens.

If you have sight problems between screening appointments, get medical advice straight away. Do not wait until your next screening appointment. These changes could include sudden vision loss, sensitivity to light or a deterioration in your vision.

Background retinopathy

This means you have minor signs of retinopathy. You do not need treatment, but you'll need to take care to prevent the problem getting worse. It's important that you go to your usual screening appointment next year.

Pre-proliferative retinopathy

This means you have changes to your retina due to diabetes. We will refer you to an eye specialist in a diabetic retinopathy clinic. They will send you an appointment letter so you can be closely monitored.

Proliferative retinopathy

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

A referral will be made on your behalf to an ophthalmology clinic.

It is very important that you attend this appointment for treatment.

Diabetic macular oedema

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

A referral will be made on your behalf to an ophthalmology clinic.

It is important that you attend this appointment for treatment.

Related topic

Diabetic retinopathy - symptoms and diagnosis

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

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