Following your visit to eye screening, the images are examined at the Hospital and a results letter sent to both yourself and your GP.
Here are some possible outcomes:
1. No retinopathy (R0)
No eye disease was detected and you will be recalled automatically after one year.
2. Background Retinopathy (R1)
Slight changes to the retina were detected. Most people with diabetes will get these after several years. Some can come and go from year to year. No treatment is necessary and you will be recalled automatically after one year or six months if the ophthalmologist thinks it appropriate.
3. Preproliferative Retinopathy (R2)
Significant changes to the retina have occurred and a non-urgent, within 13 weeks, referral to the Eye Clinic for further observation and tests is made.
4. Proliferative Retinopathy (R3)
Changes have occurred to the retina that require urgent appraisal in the Eye Clinic. You should receive an appointment within 3 weeks.
5. Maculopathy (M1)
It is suspected that fluid from leaking vessels is building up within the tissues of your retina, This requires a non-urgent, within 13 weeks, referral to the Eye Clinic to assess and treat.
6. Additional Investigation
Sometimes the features of the retina suggest a possibility of maculopathy but they are not well defined enough to warrant a full referral to Eye Clinic. In these cases you will be invited to our special OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) clinic for an additional photograph using the OCT camera.