Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of blindness in the Western world and as there may not be any symptoms, it is very important that screening takes place.

Anyone who has diabetes and is aged 12 or over should be screened. People with diabetes could be at risk of retinopathy (damage to the small blood vessels in the eyes causing them to bleed and leak fluid). Unless they are screened they may not know this is happening until it is too late and have some sight loss.

If you are a diabetic and are already under the Eye Department and regularly having your retina checked, then please let us know. We will see you once you are discharged from hospital.

If you any enquiries about the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme please feel free to contact us.

We are joining the My Health and Care Record system

We will be joining the ‘My Health and Care Record’ scheme from 1 April. ‘My Health and Care Record’ is a secure online system where you can view your hospital appointment letters and clinical letters on any internet enabled device eg. a desktop computer or tablet or mobile phone.

If you have any questions about using My health and Care record and your data, you can email: esh-tr.eyescreening@nhs.net

NHS diabetic eye screening intervals are changing for people at lower risk

From October 2023 the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (DESP) will start to invite people at lower risk of diabetic retinopathy for screening every two years instead of every year.

People eligible for diabetic eye screening who have had two consecutive eye screens showing no signs of diabetic retinopathy will be offered screening every two years as it is safe to do so. This change is based on a recommendation by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) following a large study showing it was safe to invite people in this lower risk group every two years.

Extended intervals are already in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Diabetic eye screening is important as it helps to prevent sight loss. As someone with diabetes, your eyes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy. Screening can detect this condition early before you notice any changes to your vision. If someone is concerned about changes to their eyesight, they should contact their optometrist or optician straight away. More information about the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, can be found at NHS.UK and GOV.UK