Diabetic eye screening 2Your result

You’ll get a letter about your result within 6 weeks of having an eye screening test.

Tell your GP practice if you do not get a letter within 6 weeks.

There are 3 types of result.

No eye changes

This is called no retinopathy.

This means:

  • no changes to your eyes were found
  • you’ll be asked to come back for another test in a year

Some changes to your eyes

This is called background retinopathy.

This means:

Eye damage that could affect your sight

This is called referable retinopathy.

This means:

  • diabetes has damaged your eyes
  • your sight could be affected
  • you’ll be referred to a specialist to talk about what happens next
  • you may need to have screening tests more often
  • you may need treatment for eye damage from diabetes

Sometimes, the pictures of your eyes may not be clear enough to give a result. If this happens, you’ll be asked to have another test.

Page last reviewed: 24/10/2018
Next review due: 24/10/2018