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Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (Diabetic Eye Screening)

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

Why should I be screened?

Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy helps in the early detection of any changes to the retina and vision as a result of diabetes. Early detection and treatment can help reduce the risk of vision loss and blindness.

The Screening Process

  • This process typically lasts 30 – 45 minutes.

  • A technician will discuss the procedure and take the patient’s medical history and test basic vision. Patients using glasses or contact lenses are asked to bring these items on the day of screening.

  • The technician will put dilating drops in each eye. These drops will temporarily make your pupils larger, allowing the photographer to get a better view of the inside of the eye. Please note, glasses and contact lenses must be removed for this procedure.

  • Digital photographs of the back of the eye will be taken.

  • These photographs are reviewed by trained professionals (trained graders & doctors).

  • An email of a report with your results will be sent to you, your referring doctor or optometrist within 2 weeks of your visit. Alternatively, a letter with your results can be prepared for your collection.

  • Based on the outcome, you are either referred to see a doctor or recalled in 1 year.

What should I do after the screening procedure?

After dilation, your eyes become sensitive to light. As such, it is recommended that you bring a pair of sunglasses to your appointment. This will help with glare and discomfort from the sunlight.

You should not drive or work for at least 4 – 6 hours following dilation.

How often do I have to get screened?

Screening is recommended to be done once per year.

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