Diabetic Retinopathy screening

Diabetic Retinopathy occurs when diabetes affects the small blood vessels in the retina, which is at the back of the eye. The blood vessels in the retina can leak or become blocked. This condition may cause blindness or serious damage to your eyesight. In its early stages there are no symptoms so you may not realise that you have diabetic retinopathy. For people who have diabetes, screening is important because their eyes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy. Screening is a key part of diabetes care. Untreated diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of sight loss in people of working age. When the condition is caught early, treatment is effective at reducing or preventing damage to your sight.

Screening is offered every year to anyone with diabetes aged 12 and over. 'Your guide to diabetic retinopathy screening' is sent with all invitations to help support people to make an informed choice about their screening appointment.

This leaflet is also available in various languages and an easy read format. 

Reviewed May 2014

A short film has been developed by NHS Tayside describing what happens during a Diabetic Retinopathy Screening appointment.

The video is available in Basic Sign Language and a number of different languages.

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