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:
- when you have the test
- where you have the test – there may be more than 1 place to choose from in your area
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:
- your GP practice
- your local eye screening service – check any old letters you have or search for your eye screening service to find contact details
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