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Your appointment

Where will I be screened?

Screening is carried out at a number of locations across Wales. Some of these are within hospitals, as well as settings such as health centres and GP practices. We are currently in a recovery phase after pausing due to the Coronavirus pandemic and are exploring additional venues we can screen from. As a result we also have some venues that are not based within a clinical setting.

We will aim to invite you to a venue nearest your home, and within a 45-minute drive. However, the clinic you are invited to depends on the locations and appointments available, which may change depending on availability.

How do I change my appointment?

If you cannot make the time and date that we offer you, please contact us so we can offer you a more suitable appointment. Please let us know as soon as possible, so we can offer the original appointment to someone else.

Preparing for my appointment.
  • The first part of the test will include a vision test. Please bring your glasses with you, even if you only need them for reading. If you wear contact lenses, do not wear them to your appointment, or bring a container to put them in as you would have to remove them. Ideally, wear your glasses if you can.
  • The test involves having drops put in your eyes. The drops cause your pupils to widen so we can take a clear photograph of the back of your eye. Having wider pupils make you more sensitive to light, so please bring a pair of sunglasses with you.
  • The eye drops will blur your vision for several hours. It will not be safe for you to drive home after your appointment.
  • Not all screening locations have facilities to offer food and drinks, so you may want to bring a snack with you if necessary.
  • If you use a blood glucose monitor, the readings may be hard to see for a little while after having the eye drops. - For more information visit out FAQ's page here.