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
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.
- Learn More at NHS Choices
- Diabetic Eye Screening Programme Screening Locations
- Map showing Eye Clinic location at Royal Preston Hospital
- How to find us at the Minerva Centre
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
- 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
- Population screening programmes - NHS diabetic eye screening (DES) programme
- Screening tests for you and your baby
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