If you suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, diabetic eye screening is a critical part of your diabetes care.

Regular eye screening is one of the best ways to detect diabetic retinopathy before you notice any changes in your sight. Specialised digital photography is primarily used to look for changes that could affect your sight.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye (retina). Anyone with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

It can affect your sight and even cause blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated. Which is why it is important to have yearly check-ups on your eyes.

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Paresh Patel optometrist conducting eye examination

Your Opticare screening appointment

Diabetic eye screening is not covered as part of your normal eye examination. So this service aims to reduce the risk of sight loss amongst individuals with diabetes by the fast & prompt identification as well as effective treatment if required.

Our appointment involves the application of mydriatic eye drops, which dilate the pupil to enable the Optometrist to see the vessels at the back of the eye clearly through an enlarged image. You might feel a slight sting from the eyedrops.

Once the vessels are visible, the Optometrist takes the picture of the vessels using our state of the art digital camera technology. These images are kept stored and may be used to monitor changes.

In total the screening lasts between 30 – 60 minutes.

Why Opticare?

We recognise that patients with diabetes need special care and we are here to make sure they receive a high standard diabetic retinal screening service.

Our team of Opticians have undergone several years of specialist training and National accreditation in the screening program, and are highly dedicated to making you feel comfortable and keeping you informed throughout your screening.

FAQs about Diabetic Eye Screening

How often do I need a screening?

Screening is advised every 12 months to anyone with diabetes (or at high risk of diabetes) who is over the age of 12.

Are there any side effects?

YES. Eye drops may affect your vision for a few hours – you should NOT drive after your appointment.

Can I have my eye test at the same time?

Yes, at Opticare we can combine the appointments for convenience. Ask one of our friendly team if you would like to have your eye test at the same time.

What if something is wrong?

An expert studies the photographs of your eyes after you have been screened. If there are any problems or more questions, we may call you back for another assessment.

How is Diabetic Retinopathy treated?

As an optician, we don’t offer treatment for diabetic retinopathy, but they are freely available on the NHS or through private healthcare providers. More details are here…