North Nottinghamshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

North Nottinghamshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

‘Due to COVID-19 the diabetic eye screening programme had to suspend screening from 23rd March until the beginning of August 2020. The service has now resumed and is following Government and NHS guidance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19), including complying with social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements. All of the Optometrist Practices that provide diabetic eye Screening on behalf of the programme are fully compliant with these regulations.

The suspension of the service due to COVID-19 has resulted in a backlog of screening appointments. All screening programmes have been asked to follow the Public Health England (PHE) guidance on how to restore the diabetic eye screening service and have been asked to invite those people at greatest risk of sight loss as a priority. You may be waiting longer than normal for your next screening appointment because you had no diabetic retinopathy detected at your most recent screening tests and are in the lowest risk group.

Further information regarding this provided in the following link:

Diabetic eye screening intervals extended for people at lowest risk - GOV.UK (

Diabetic eye screening is vital as it helps to prevent sight loss. As someone with diabetes, your eyes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy. Screening can detect the condition early before you notice any changes to your vision.

Upon receipt of your invitation letter, please call one of our Optometrist Practices on the list enclosed, to book your appointment or click on the Screening Venues page to see the list of Practices available under our Programme.

Who is invited for diabetic retinopathy screening?

All people aged 12 and over with diabetes are invited for diabetic eye screening. The North Nottinghamshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (NNDESP) invites a population of over 22,000 for annual screening. All of our team are accredited with the relevant NDESP qualifications.

Why should I take part in eye screening?

Diabetic retinopathy is a common cause of sight loss in people of working age. Screening is an effective way of detecting diabetic retinopathy as early as possible.

Diabetic retinopathy is caused when diabetes affects the small blood vessels in the retina of the eye. It may not cause symptoms until it is quite advanced and close to affecting a person’s sight and can cause complete blindness.