DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
CAUSES CHANGES IN THE EYES...

EYE SCREENING INVITATION

Some of these changes are treatable
if picked up early. However, not always.

What is important though,
is that the changes can be treatable,

and potentially reversible
if they're picked up at an early stage.

Good control of diabetes
is essential for this.

This includes good control of blood
sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Also, as part of good diabetes care,

a regular annual eye screening check
should be undertaken.

This is easy to do
and potentially sight-saving.

OK, come in, Mrs Smith.
Have a seat there.

Thank you.

- OK. How are you?
- Very well, thank you.

- No problems?
- No problems that I can remember.

That's lovely. Today, we're going to do
some photographs of your eyes, OK?

We need to put some eye drops in
to dilate your pupils,

to get some good images

- Alright.
- OK.

First, I need to do a quick eye test.

- Do you wear glasses?
- I do.

- Could you put them on for me, please?
- Certainly.

As someone with diabetes,

you will be invited for a
screening appointment via letter.

This letter will give you
instructions on how to make

an appropriate appointment at a suitable
time and location for yourself.

At the appointment,

you will have a digital photograph taken
of the back of your eye.

And in order to get
a good quality image,

we do need to dilate your eyes
with drops.

Now, these do sting for a few seconds,
but that's all.

Right, OK. I need to put
the eye drops in your eyes now.

If you'd like to help yourself
to some tissues.

Now, these eye drops are going
to sting a little when they go in,

but it goes off very quickly. OK?

Fine.

OK.
If you can look to the ceiling for me.

- OK. How is that? Is that alright?
- Oh, it's... It's OK.

- It smarts a bit, but it doesn't hurt.
- Lovely. That's good.

You'll also find that
your vision will be blurred

and your eye will be more sensitive
to bright light for up to four hours.

And as such, we advise that you bring
somebody with you to the appointment,

as you shouldn't drive until the effects
of the drops have fully worn off.

OK, we're going to take some
photographs of your eyes now. OK?

There'll be a bright flash
when I take the image. OK?

So, if you could put your chin
on there for me.

Right.

Right. OK. I'm going to
bring the camera in close now, OK?

I want you to look
straight at the light for me.

OK? Bright flash coming up now.

Look towards the spot. That's good.

- Thank you. OK, sit back and relax.
- Thank you.

OK. We've got everything we need here.

So these pictures will go
to the hospital,

they'll be examined
and then you and your doctor

will be sent the results in the post
in due course.

- Great.
- Your screening is done for this year.

- We'll invite you back again next time.
- Good.

So, for a few patients,

there will be changes that require
further assessment and treatment.

And as such, a referral will be made
to your local hospital,

where you'll see
an eye specialist like myself.

You're called in by the technicians,
they're all very, very friendly.

We get the whole procedure done
in perhaps 15 minutes and out I come.

And I'm pretty relieved
to have had it done.

The first time I went for an eye
screening, I was a little apprehensive.

But very quickly, the staff
made me feel quite comfortable.

They can nip things in the bud
quite early on,

and that will give me peace of mind,
I'm sure.

It's over in a relatively short time
and you'll have the reassurance

that somebody is, in fact,
looking at your eyes

from the photographs and will
find out if there's any problems.

For more details,
please contact your local GP.

WHEN YOU RECIEVE
YOUR INVITATION,

KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENT.

DON'T LET THE LIGHT GO OUT
ON YOUR SIGHT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR GP.

MADE AT WOKINGHAM COMMUNITY
HOSPITAL BY NHS BERKSHIRE WEST

FOR NHS DIABETES