McGregor Opticians were one of only 3 practices in the area involved at the beginning of retinal screening in Northumberland in 2003. We provided the service for photography and grading the results until 2012, and our patients were very happy with the convenient local service.

We still have the camera and the expertise but regret that however much you ask us, we cannot provide the full screening service at present. The Health Authority pays for a provider using mobile cameras at your doctor’s surgery, and we would urge you to take up their offer of screening when invited.

The camera provides the best view of the centre of the retina and the optometrist checks the periphery during your eye examination, and looks for any other eye problems.

Both procedures are important, so keep going for your regular eye test AND the screening!