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Diabetic eye screening: description in brief

Information explaining the NHS diabetic eye screening programme.


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This information explains diabetic eye screening and why it is offered.

People with diabetes should be directed to this information when they are invited to screening.

Free printed copies of this leaflet are provided for local screening services to send to people with their first ever screening invitations.

For more information, see the ‘order printed leaflets’ section of our guidance on how to access and order leaflets.

This information is also available above in A4 PDF format (in English) to print out and provide for people who cannot access digital information when receiving their routine screening invitations.

Resources are also available for people with learning disabilities and people who struggle with written English, including:

This information is available in 10 other languages:

Contact the screening helpdesk with any queries about this publication, making sure you include its full title.

Published 30 January 2015
Last updated 23 March 2022 + show all updates
  1. Addition of 'following medical advice' to regular exercise advice under 'How you can help' section.

  2. Addition of plain A4 PDF version for printing, to provide for people unable to access this information online.

  3. Added lifetime screening pathway animations to landing page.

  4. Translations converted to HTML.

  5. Updated guidance about use of personally identifiable information.

  6. Updated diabetic eye screening leaflet.

  7. Added HTML version of diabetic eye screening invitation leaflet.

  8. Added new easy read guide, replacing out of date leaflet.

  9. Added opt-out and patient consent information to leaflet.

  10. Addition of link to audio version.

  11. First published.