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Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

On 1st April 2019, the Greater Manchester North Diabetic Eye Screening Programme formed, which covers your area. Please contact the new Bookings Office on 01204 891000 or visit  


What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

When diabetes affects the small blood vessels in the part of your eye called the retina, this is known as diabetic retinopathy. The retina lines the inside of your eye and acts rather like the film in a camera. In the early stages, diabetic retinopathy will not affect your sight. However, if the changes get worse, eventually your sight will be affected.

What is diabetic retinopathy screening (DRSS)?

  • Screening means examining your eyes regularly to detect specific changes of diabetic retinopathy that could soon affect your sight. The name for these changes is Sight Threatening Diabetic Retinopathy (STDR)
  • Screening will detect whether or not you need to be followed up or treated in an eye clinic for diabetic retinopathy
  • If you do not need to be followed up or treated in an eye clinic, you will be advised to return for screening at least every year
  • All people with diabetes aged 12 years and over should have eye screening. This equally true whether you need insulin, tablets or manage your diet to keep your diabetes under control and whether your GP or a consultant diabetologist helps you to manage your diabetes
  • You will still need to see your optometrist every one to two years for a sight test