National Eye Health Week 21st-27th September 2020

National Eye Health Week promotes the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye testing. When you have diabetes you will be invited once a year to attend a diabetic retinopathy screening.

Diabetic retinopathy

Retinopathy is damage to the part of your eye called the retina, the seeing part of your eye. There are lots of important blood vessels in your eyes which help supply blood to the retina. If these vessels become damaged, then the retina can’t get the blood it needs which can result in damage to your eyesight. It is really important that you have your eyes screened once a year when you have diabetes to check for signs of retinopathy.

What happens at my Diabetes Eye screening?

At your eye screening photographs will be taken of the back of each eye to look for signs of eye disease caused by your diabetes. The aim is to catch any issues early which will allow you to get the treatment you need.

Diabetes and the eyes

Having your eyes screened is part of the 15 healthcare essentials and your Diabetes My Way dashboard can help you track which healthcare essentials you have had and when you are next due appointments, this information is securely pulled through from your GP record. You can find out more about how to register for your individual Diabetes My Way dashboard here. 

Do I still need regular eyesight tests?

Yes, Diabetic retinopathy screening is different to a eyesight test carried out by a optician.

What can I do to look after my eyes?

A healthy balanced diet, regular physical activity, reducing alcohol intake, stopping smoking and protecting your eyes from the sun can all help with keeping your eyes healthy.

Where can I find more information?

The Diabetes UK website contains information about Diabetic Retinopathy.