Republic of Ireland DRSS

All diabetic patients in the Republic of Ireland aged 12 and over should have an annual screening appointment. For more information about diabetic eye screening please visit

Eye screening is a key part of diabetes care - to check for diabetic retinopathy a condition that can lead to sight loss if it's not detected early and treated. 

This service is run on behalf of National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme by NPS Care. This one of two national service providers, NPS Care covers over 55 000 square kilometres serving the following counties: Cavan, Cork, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Leitrim, Longford, Limerick, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath.

Programme Manager

Shane McMahon


We have created a video that explains your eye screening appointment. It is split up into 6 easy sections:

Taking a history - your details will be checked to make sure the information on the system is up to date and correct.

Testing Visual Acuity - we record how good the level of your sight is. If you wear glasses for your distance vision, you will need to bring these to your appointment.

Dilation Drops – the eye drops make your pupils larger to ensure the images we capture are clear. The eye drops can cause blurriness and sensitivity to light for up to 9 hours – do not drive in this time.

Photographing The Eye – we use our camera to photograph different areas of the back of your eye.

Grading – the images taken of your eyes will be assessed after your appointment.

Results – you will usually receive your results 2 - 3 weeks after the appointment.

Appointments & Enquiries

Ireland Appointments & Booking Office

The Care Centre Enterprise House 36 Mary Street Cork City

Tel: 1800 992 968 All calls are free to this number Email:

Self Registration Office

Ireland Self Registration Office

Diabetic RetinaScreen - The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme PO Box 2 Limerick

Tel: 1800 45 45 55 All calls are free to this number Email: