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A dedicated team providing a patient-focused service

Working in partnership with the National Screening Service (NSS) to provide screening and surveillance programmes for diabetic patients.

partnership with the NSS

Patient focused and clinically led

Experienced and passionate clinical team

50k+ patients per annum in our care

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a complication of diabetes, whereby high blood sugar levels damage the back of the eye (retina). There are four stages of DR, and if not treated, progresses to blindness.

Aside from preventing blindness, the screening programme is also the most cost-effective approach to DR risk as it is relatively easy to screen for and catching the condition early reduces the likelihood of blindness by 96%. The key aspects of DRS screening are:


Identifying the population and, specific to Ireland, national diabetic register

Diabetic retinopathy screening

Providing a non-invasive eye photography test

Timely service

Ensuring the screening is efficient and timely

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

If detected, treatment is widely available and very effective

Mark Cahill

“We have been delighted to work in partnership with the NSS for over 9 years in the DR programme which extended into a DRS surveillance programme in 2018. Surveillance is for diabetic patients that need to be monitored more closely as they have signs of potential DR. By mobilising this service within the screening programme we are further reducing the pressures on the treatment centres in Ireland’s eye hospitals.”

Mr Mark Cahill, Clinical Director for the Medica Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service

Information for patients with diabetes

If you are a patient with diabetes, you can register for diabetic retinopathy screening here.

You will need to print this form out and have it signed by your GP. You can also ask your GP, practice nurse, dietitian or eye doctor to register you.

You will be asked to give your consent to be added to the diabetic retinopathy screening register.

To make an appointment

To book an appointment, please ensure you have registered for the DRS service first.

You can then call our team on 1800 303 633 or email admin@medica.ie. Our team will be happy to help.

Find your nearest screening centre below