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diabetic eye screening program

The Diabetic Eye Screening Program (DESP) screens for Diabetic Retinopathy.  

Diabetic Retinopathy is an eye condition affecting the retina of persons with diabetes. 

Diabetic Retinopathy screening lets you know whether or not your diabetes is damaging your eyes and is a key component of diabetes care.


When diabetes is poorly controlled, it can cause the small blood vessels that service the retina to leak (bleed) or become blocked. Left untreated, Diabetic Retinopathy could damage your retina and cause blindness.  

Diabetic Retinopathy screening that uses digital photography is most commonly prescribed for all persons with diabetes over the age of 12. 

Screening could detect Diabetic Retinopathy even before you notice changes in your vision. Early detection could allow you to maintain your vision and have a good quality of life.

Diabetic Retinopathy is treatable especially if it is caught early. Thus, screening could prevent you from going blind! 

Diabetic Retinopathy screening also helps detect other eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts which tends to occur often in persons with diabetes. 

what to expect at screening

Your appointment lasts approximately 30-45 minutes.  


  1. Basic vision eyes test and dilation of your eyes   

  2. Digital photographs of the back of your eyes will be taken.  

  3. Photographs are reviewed by trained professionals including certified graders and doctors.  

  4. Report will be emailed to your doctor or optometrist within 2 weeks of your visit.  

  5. Report will be email or printed for you 



In 2020, Trinidad Eye Hospital signed an institution partnership with the Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago (DATT). This partnership offers Free Diabetic Eye Screening to the members of DATT as well persons living with diabetes in communities across Trinidad and Tobago.  

DATT Members also benefit from discounted prices as well as special considerations for TEH charity surgery events. 

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