Information For Patients

Free screening & treatment of diabetic retinopathy for people with diabetes

Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme, a Government-funded programme, is now offering free, regular screening and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, a common complication of diabetes, to people with diabetes aged 12 and over.

Diabetic RetinaScreen aims to reduce risk of sight loss from diabetic retinopathy. A public information campaign has begun which supports the programme in addition to an information leaflet, Freephone information line and website (www.diabeticretinascreen.ie). By the end of 2014, Diabetic RetinaScreen will invite over 145,000 people with diabetes to attend free screening (using specialised digital photography) at a local screening centre. Information is available at www.diabeticretinascreen.ie. If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and aged 12 or over, find out if you are on the register at Freephone 1800 45 45 55. If you are on the register, you will be invited by letter to attend a free screening at a local screening centre.  

Over time diabetic retinopathy can lead to deterioration in vision and potentially sight loss. All people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy may not have any symptoms and may not affect the sight until the condition is at an advanced stage. Regular eye screening, using specialised digital photography, can detect the condition at an early stage, before any noticeable symptoms or changes in sight. Any recommended treatment is fully quality assured and provided free of charge as part of the programme.

Similar to other population-based screening programmes, the first round of screening is being introduced on a phased basis and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. Following completion of the first round, screening will be offered on an annual basis.

A Freephone information line (1800 45 45 55) is available during normal working hours, Monday to Friday and further information can be found at www.diabeticretinascreen.ie.

Source : www.hse.ie