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Closer monitoring for people with pre-proliferative retinopathy in our digital surveillance clinics

If you have signs of diabetic retinopathy that has progressed but does not yet require treatment (pre-proliferative retinopathy) you will be asked to have a further screening test within 3 months.

At this appointment we will take about 10 photographs of each eye so that we can see more of your retina. The photographs will only take a few minutes longer than normal. You will be seen in the community by the same screening staff, but it might not be at your local GP surgery.

You will be sent an appointment every 3, 6, or 9 months.

How long will I have to be monitored more closely?

If you are asked to attend every 3 - 9 months it is because your eye disease is more likely to progress to a level that needs treatment.

Do I really need to attend so frequently?

Yes, if we monitor you closely we will spot any change that might seriously threaten your sight. We will refer you to see an eye specialist at your local hospital if we think you might need treatment or if your retinopathy gets much worse.

What if I am unable to attend?

If you are unable to attend your appointment, or have any further questions, please contact us on 01904 726640.

For more information visit the Diabetic retinopathy pages at the GOV.UK website.

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