Diabetic eye screening

Our team of specialists provide eye screening for people who have diabetes. You will be invited for screening once a year, but some people may need to be seen more often in our clinics.

We have the very best latest technology so we can take good care of your eyes.

Diabetes can affect the small blood vessels at the back of your eyes, so we want to make sure we see any changes in your eye health and signs of diabetic eye disease as quickly as possible.

Diabetes is a common cause of sight loss and you are at a higher risk of developing eye problems.

When you arrive for your appointment one of our specialist screening staff will look after you. They will carry out a simple eye test, then put some drops in your eyes to dilate your pupils (make them bigger), so we can take a good look at your eyes. We will take pictures of the back of your eyes using a fundus camera.

The whole procedure will take about 20 minutes and you’ll get your results through post in two to three weeks.

You always provide an excellent service and make me feel at ease.

You can help yourself to reduce the risk of diabetic eye disease by:

  • always attending your screening appointments
  • controlling your blood sugar levels
  • eating healthily
  • stop smoking
  • monitoring your blood pressure
  • taking your medication as prescribed

Making a referral

GPs and health professionals should complete a referral form and send it to our department at Lawson Street Health Centre in Stockton


Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm
Lawson Street, Stockton

Monday and Tuesday between 8.45am and 3.45pm
Thursday and Friday between 8.45am and 11.45pm
One Life Hartlepool
Park Road Hartlepool

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 4pm
Friday between 9am and 12pm
Peterlee Community Hospital


Call us between 9am and 12.30pm and 1pm and 4.30pm
Lawson Street Health Centre
01642 382955

Useful links

Diabetes UK

NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

FAQs on diabetic eye screening – NHS Choices