If you have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, your GP should organise a retinopathy screening test (RST) for you. This appointment should happen within 90 days and is an important part of your diabetes care.
Why should I get tested?
People with all kinds of diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic eye disease (also known as diabetic retinopathy). This is one of the most common causes of sight loss in adults, but with early diagnosis and treatment, damage can be reduced or avoided.
What is diabetic eye disease?
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes affects small blood vessels, damaging the part of the eye called the retina. Diabetes can cause the blood vessels in your retina to leak or become blocked and can affect your sight. Often, these changes are not sight- threatening, but they need to be checked regularly. Their presence means special attention should be given to your blood glucose control and treatment of other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.