Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

Important Information About Your Diabetic Eye Screening Service

On 1 October 2016 the East Lancashire and Preston, Chorley & South Ribble diabetic eye screening programmes are merging to create the Lancashire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

Please follow this link for more information regarding this new service

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the cells at the back of the eye, known as the retina. If it is not treated, it can lead to blindness.

It is important to identify diabetic retinopathy as soon as possible. Screening is an effective way of detecting retinopathy at an early stage.

The NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme was introduced to reduce the risk of vision loss in people with diabetes. If retinopathy is detected early enough, it can be effectively treated using laser treatment. Otherwise, by the time the symptoms of retinopathy become noticeable, it can be much more difficult to treat.



For a more detailed explanation of how the screening programme works please follow this link

Slit Lamp Appointments

Slit Lamp appointments are made if photographs taken during your last screen did not give a clear enough view of the back of your eyes. The Slit Lamp allows for a 3D examination of the back of your eyes.

Eye Screening During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant your body goes through a lot of changes. These changes can cause diabetes to damage your eyes. All antenatal patients should be screened within their first trimester and then at set intervals during pregnancy

Key Facts

  • Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of sight loss in people of working age
  • Diabetic retinopathy may not cause symptoms until it is quite advanced; this is why screening is important
  • All people with diabetes are at risk of getting diabetic retinopathy


Understanding eye conditions related to Diabetes

An excellent guide to Diabetic Retinopathy, screening and treatment has been written by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists:


Information and advice on diabetic eye screening is now available on the NHS Choices website

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about screening are available from the national programme website.

Some content is based on material from NHS Choices, the National Screening Committee, and the Royal National Institute of Blindness (RNIB).

How to contact us

Tel: 01772 777624
Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.30pm

Out of Hours Emergency

If you have a problem with your eyes or changes to your vision that you are concerned about. Please contact:

Royal Preston Hospital:  01772 522408
Chorley District Hospital:  01257 245171 

Useful Links

Patient Information Leaflets

With our leaflets we aim to give you information about the Trust in general, our services and treatments, and to provide useful information for service users and their carers.

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