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Diabetic Eye Screening

Diabetic eye screening is a key part of diabetes care. People with diabetes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it's not treated. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of sight loss among people of working age. It occurs when diabetes affects small blood vessels, damaging the part of the eye called the retina. When the blood vessels in the central area of the retina (the macula) are affected, it's known as diabetic maculopathy. People with diabetes should also see their optician every two years for a regular eye test. Diabetic eye screening is specifically for diabetic retinopathy and can't be relied upon for other conditions. Why eye screening is needed Screening is a way of detecting the condition early before you notice any changes to your vision. Diabetic retinopathy doesn't usually cause any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. If retinopathy is detected early enough, treatment can stop it getting worse. Otherwise, by the time symptoms become noticeable, it can be much more difficult to treat. This is why the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme was introduced. Everyone aged 12 and over with diabetes i Continue reading >>

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  1. lucy123

    I just read on another site something about free eye tests and money off specs? How does that work then?
    I haven't been told anything by my GP.
    Does this go for d/e controlled t2 also?

  2. Steff

    As far as im aware if you can get a look at an hc11 form i think it is that will help you find out more.

  3. Caroline

    As far as I know if you are on diabetes medication you get a medical exemption certificate (the form comes from your GPs surgery, you fill it in and doc countersigns it, (ask the nurse or receptionist).
    If you have a medical exemption certificate you get free sight tests and money of some glasses.

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