From 1 April 2017 the Surrey Diabetic Eye Screening Programme has a new service provider. NHS England has appointed NPS Care to deliver the diabetic eye screening programme on their behalf. Your service continues to run as before with NPS Care maintaining its high standards and best practices.
The Surrey diabetic eye screening programme screens people for diabetic retinopathy. This page offers general information to people with diabetes about how to book a diabetic eye screening appointment and what will happen at their diabetic eye screening appointment.
Eye screening is a key part of diabetes care to check for diabetic retinopathy a condition that can lead to sight loss if it's not detected early and treated. All diabetic patients in the UK aged 12 and over should have an annual screening appointment. For more information about diabetic eye screening please visit NHS choices.
Your screening appointment in 6 easy steps:
Taking a history - your details will be checked to make sure the information on the system is up to date and correct.
Testing Visual Acuity - we record how good the level of your sight is. If you wear glasses for your distance vision, you will need to bring these to your appointment.
Dilation Drops – the eye drops make your pupils larger to ensure the images we capture are clear. The eye drops can cause blurriness and sensitivity to light for up to 6 hours – do not drive in this time.
Photographing The Eye – we use our camera to photograph different areas of the back of your eye.
Grading – the images taken of your eyes will be assessed after your appointment.
Results – you will usually receive your results 4 – 6 weeks after the appointment.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.
There are two main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 – where the pancreas doesn't produce any insulin
- Type 2 - when the body doesn't produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body’s cells don't react to insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2. It's very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye (retina). It can cause blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated.
However, it usually takes several years for diabetic retinopathy to reach a stage where it could threaten your sight.
To minimise the risk of this happening, people with diabetes should:
- Ensure they control their blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol
- Attend diabetic eye screening appointments – annual screening is offered to all people with diabetes aged 12 and over to pick up and treat any problems early on.
For more information about diabetes and diabetic retinopathy please visit NHS Choices.
We will test your eyes using Minims Tropicamide 1.0% eye drops.
It’s extremely rare, but you may experience a reaction to these drops. If you - or the person you’re caring for - have any of the following symptoms, contact your local A&E department.
- severe eye pain
- nausea and vomiting
- severe headache
- blurred vision and seeing halos around lights
- profuse tearing.
The eye drops we’ve used last for six hours. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery during this time.
If you have diabetes and become pregnant, you will need special care as there are risks to both mother and baby associated with the condition.
- You'll be offered additional tests for diabetic retinopathy at or soon after your first antenatal clinic visit, and also after 28 weeks of pregnancy.
- If the early stages of retinopathy are found at the first screening, you will also be offered another test between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
- If serious retinopathy is found at any screening, you will be referred to an eye specialist.
Some women who do not have diabetes can develop hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar) during pregnancy. This is known as gestational diabetes.
Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes are not offered screening for diabetic retinopathy.
For more information about diabetes and pregnancy please visit NHS Choices.
Appointments & Enquiries
Surrey DESP Appointment & Booking Office
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