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Diabetic Eye Screening

Diabetic eye screening is a key part of diabetes care, and diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of sight loss in people of working age.

Screening reduces the risk of sight loss by detecting sight threatening changes that you don’t notice, and this is why attending your screening appointment is so important

Often people with sight threatening retinopathy have no visual symptoms, and by the time the symptoms of retinopathy become noticeable, it can be much more difficult to treat.

North Yorkshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (NYDESP) has been successfully offering eye screening for people with diabetes in the region since 2008.

The programme now looks after over 40,000 people, and covers a large geographical area. It is our aim to make sure we offer you convenient, local screening appointments.

Our screening team travel out from York, Harrogate and Scarborough to meet you in your community, visiting more than 110 GP practices and health centers.

Please contact us on 01904 726640 if you:

  • have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and haven’t had an appointment
  • think you are due your annual screening now but don’t have an appointment
  • have any queries about your appointment or anything related to diabetic eye screening

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Please contact us on 01904 726640 for all appointments and general enquiries.

We have an answer machine to take messages for calls outside office hours.


To find the ansers to the service's most frequently asked questions pleae follow the link to our Diabetic Eye Screening FAQ's page. 

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