Is it safe to increase diabetic retinopathy screening intervals in patients with no background diabetic retinopathy?

Guidelines set by The English National Screening Programme for Diabetic Retinopathy (ENSPDR) state that all patients with diabetes should be screened annually for diabetic retinopathy. With the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes in the population ever increasing, screening programmes may find it difficult to reach screening targets set by ENSPDR. However, it has been proposed that it is safe to screen patients who present with no diabetic retinopathy at longer intervals of two or three years. Read more