21 June 2017
Eye screening is an effective way of detecting diabetic retinopathy as soon as possible. This occurs when diabetes affects the small blood vessels in the retina of the eye which, left untreated, is one of the most common causes of blindness in the working-age population.
The North West London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme serves the population of people with diabetes in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster. The programme has a large team of 28 qualified screeners and a small number of community optometrists who are contracted to assist.
For patients referred to the programme by their GP, the programme is responsible for inviting, screening, grading and referring to hospital eye services as required.
Key facts about the service:
- The programme has almost 130,000 patients with diabetes
- It is the largest programme of its kind in London.
- They can offer patients appointments at 24 different venues in North West London.
If you live in any of the boroughs mentioned above and would like to book an appointment to have your eyes screened, please call the North West London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme booking office on 020 8099 1122.