Diabetic retinopathy screening
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the small blood vessels in the part of the eye called the retina. Screening for diabetic retinopathy can detect changes in the retina at an early stage, before you are aware of them.
Important to attend screening
These small blood vessels in the retina can become blocked or leaky, affecting how the retina works. Sometimes abnormal ‘new vessels’ grow which are weak and can bleed easily. In the early stages, these changes will not normally affect your sight. However, if left untreated, the retinopathy may get worse and your vision may be affected.
It is therefore important to have your eyes screened and attend all screening appointments.
If detected in time, treatment is very effective at preventing loss of vision in the majority of people.
For more information on diabetic retinopathy screening, see the leaflet at the link below:
- Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme - Information for Patients leaflet (PDF 207 KB)
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