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Oxfordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (ODESP)

The Oxford Diabetic Eye Screening Programme provides a key part of your diabetic care, offering a simple retinal examination which can identify sight-threatening diabetic complications.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most commonly described complication of diabetes and it is the leading cause of blindness in the working age population in the western world.

In Oxfordshire, diabetic eye screening is coordinated by the ODESP office at Oxford Eye Hospital. All invitations and results are sent out from this office.

The screening is carried out by contracted optometrists based in the community or by technicians at your GP surgery.

Each year you will receive a letter inviting you to attend for eye screening, using digital photography. Eye screening is an essential part of your diabetes care. Everyone 12 years and over will be invited to attend for eye screening.

When you call about your appointment, one of our administration team will check your details and book or change your appointment for you.

At your appointment one of our screeners will carry out the examination. The photographs are then closely examined and graded at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Contact us

To book an appointment or ask a question: 01865 231586

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm

Programme Manager: Helen Lipinski
Tel: 01865 743315

Administration Manager: Donna Varghese
Tel: 01865 726868

For failsafe queries please email:


Last reviewed:10 January 2023