Framework for the Development of a Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme

Diabetes is a serious life long disease for individuals. As with other chronic diseases it cannot be cured but only
controlled. Control of the complications of diabetes is essential to the quality of life of affected people. The health
services spend large amounts of funding on diabetes care, particularly on treating complications. Better management
and control of diabetes, together with early detection and treatment of complications will reduce complications,
bringing both benefit to the individual and to the health services.


Retinopathy is one of the commonest serious complications of diabetes. This sight threatening condition is
preventable by early detection through population screening and treatment. This Framework prepared by the
Expert Advisory Group will guide the development of the National Retinopathy Screening Programme for all
diabetics in the future.

Click on the link on this page to read or download the Framework.