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Your results

Results explained

The letter you receive will tell you the results of the examination of the photographs of your eyes, and when to expect to hear from us again.

We have simplified the result letters we now send, and we will not routinely tell you the level of retinopathy that we have identified. We do share this more detailed information with your health care team. If you would like to receive a more detailed summary of your results, please contact us.

Most people will have a normal screening result. They will be invited for a routine screening appointment during the next year.

If we identify changes in your eyes because of diabetic retinopathy we will tell you in your results letter. Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the blood vessels that supply blood to the back of the eye. This can happen when blood pressure and blood sugar levels are regularly higher than normal. 

If the retina does not get the blood it needs, it means the eye does not work properly and eventually it will affect your eyesight. Diabetic retinopathy can get worse over time. 

Diabetic retinopathy is assessed and based on the type and number of changes that we have identified in the eye.

The types of result letters we provide are as follows:

What happens if I am called back for further tests?

Depending on the results of your screening, you may be asked to have screening appointments more frequently. We may also refer you to a specialist eye clinic (ophthalmology) for further assessment and treatment if necessary. If you do need to be referred to a specialist eye clinic, we will do this for you and you should wait to hear from them.

When will I be called for screening again?

Your result letter will give you information on when to expect to hear from us again. Most people will be asked to attend screening every year, but  some people will be called at different times.

  • If your photographs are not clear enough to give an accurate result, or if there were any problems with the screening process, we will offer you another appointment within three months.
  • If you have changes in your eyes that need follow-up assessment at a hospital eye clinic, we will not call you for screening until you have been seen by an eye specialist.
  • If you are pregnant, we will offer more frequent screening during your pregnancy.
What if I get referred?

We may see something on your photograph that needs to be assessed using different equipment, or by eye specialists. We will refer you to Hospital Eye Service (ophthalmology) by writing to them. This will usually be at a hospital local to you. Some Hospital Eye Services will ask specialist Optometrists in the community to assess you, and to determine if any treatment is required. It is important that you attend any invitations that you are sent.

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