How to book a test

You'll get a letter about the test

If you have diabetes and you're aged 12 or over, you'll get a letter every year asking you to have an eye screening test.

Sometimes you may have a choice of:

Follow the instructions on the letter to book a test.


Before you have the test, plan how you'll get there and back.

Do not drive yourself. You'll be given eye drops during the test that may make your sight blurry for a few hours.

What to do if you do not get a letter

If it's been more than a year since your last test and you have not had a letter, tell either:


Tell your local eye screening service if you choose not to have the test. Their contact details are on the letter you get.

Page last reviewed: 7 September 2022
Next review due: 7 September 2025