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What is diabetic eye screening? - Diabetic eye screening

  • Diabetic eye screening is a test to check for eye problems caused by diabetes.
  • Eye problems caused by diabetes are called diabetic retinopathy. This can lead to sight loss if it's not found early.
  • The eye screening test can find problems before they affect your sight.
  • Pictures are taken of the back of your eyes to check for any changes.
  • If you have diabetes and you're aged 12 or over, you'll get a letter asking you to have your eyes checked every 1 or 2 years.
  • How often you're invited depends on the results from your last 2 screening tests.

Video: diabetic eye screening

This video shows what happens when you go for diabetic eye screening and why you need regular eye checks.

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