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Diabetic RetinaScreen: New Two-Yearly Screening Interval

Diabetic RetinaScreen is now providing a two-yearly screening pathway for screening participants who are deemed eligible.

Until now, DRS has invited programme participants for diabetic retinal screening once a year. This will now change to a two-yearly appointment for people who fulfil certain criteria. If a person has received a result of 'no retinopathy' from their previous two screenings, their next DRS screening invitation will be two years from the time of their last screen.

The new pathway will reduce the number of screening appointments and reduce unnecessary clinic visits and examinations. 

Prof. David Keegan, Clinical Director of Diabetic RetinaScreen, says: "International evidence shows that if a person has two consecutive results of 'no retinopathy', it is safe for them to attend their screening appointment every two years. People who have had two consecutive results of 'no retinopathy' have been found to be at very low risk of progressing to retinopathy between screens." 

If you are suitable to avail of a two-yearly screening, we will let you know. You will then be invited for screening every two years. Then, if your next screening result detects retinopathy, you will be returned to annual screening or referred for treatment.

If you have questions about the new two-yearly interval, or any other issue to do with diabetic retinopathy, please contact the Freephone line on 1800 45 45 55 or email


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