Diabetes can affect the eye in a number of ways as shown below:
A retinal camera is used to look through the dilated pupil to the back of the eye to capture images:
The Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is screening for diabetic retinopathy that affects the retina. The retina is a thick membrane lining the rear of the inside of the eye and contains light sensitive cells. The macula is the part of the retina that contains the fovea, the most sensitive part of the retina, responsible for sharp vision.
When you attend your screening appointment the photographs that are taken will be reviewed and checked for any diabetic retinopathy and your results will be sent to you and your GP in writing within six weeks of your appointment.