Coping with Diabetes-related Eye Disease diagnosis

Coping with Diabetes-related Eye Disease diagnosis

Diabetes-related retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels in the retina. It can cause “blind spots,” blurry vision, and vision loss. Vision may change from day to day, or even from morning to evening. This “fluctuating vision” can interfere with many, if not most, everyday activities. Early detection, appropriate and ongoing treatment, and the availability of specialised low vision and vision rehabilitation services can help people with Diabetes-related Retinopathy live productive and satisfying lives.

Common perceptions of vision loss and those who experience it are often burdened with historical, destructive myths and stereotypes. In an age that has seen visually impaired inventors, explorers, corporate leaders, and politicians, many still believe that individuals with visual impairments are helpless and utterly dependent on others to get through life. Indeed, one careful look around reveals the extent to which visually impaired individuals conduct independent, fulfilling, self-supporting lives, fully integrated into society’s mainstream.

The responsibilities of coping with diabetes are with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the only reward for diligent diabetes management is avoiding complications—an important but hardly inspiring incentive. It’s understandable that the demands of self-management will get to you from time to time, and it may seem that family members and friends don’t really understand. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimise this stress and emotional strain.

  • Education: The more accurate and updated information you have about diabetes and visual impairment, the better equipped you will be to meet the challenges they present. Knowing the facts will help you discard harmful stigmas and stereotypes and provide you with an avenue to the new and advanced treatments and equipment.
  • Stress management:  Emotions also have physical effects; stress raises blood pressure and blood glucose levels, and that’s a serious matter if you have diabetes. In addition to meditation, yoga, long hot baths or walking in nature, you may wish to contact your local health care provider regarding diabetes-related education programmes with ongoing support groups that help people to reduce stress through connection with others who face similar problems.


Patient Support Services

A plethora of support services are available globally, for people living with DEDs.  Follow the link below to avail of supports in your country.

Patient Support Services


Adjusting your life to low vision

Depending on your age, your level of vision and the rate at which your vision may change, low vision can affect you in different ways. Knowledge of what you can do, and supports that are available to you will help adjust your life to suit your needs. Your sight loss may impinge on many aspects of your life such as physical ability to perform certain tasks at work, to drive, to read, the ease at which you get from place to place, and your relationships with those around you.

Reading may become increasingly difficult with vision loss. However, there are a number of reading aids available including optical hand held magnifiers and electronic magnifiers, which may be already installed on your smart phone or tablet. They can also be purchased for your laptop or desktop PC. Additionally, you may consider audio books or installing apps on your phone to read text to you. Some of these devices can be expensive, so an assessment with a vision rehabilitation professional is a good starting point for an impartial demonstration to determine which features best suit your eye condition. You can also ask your local sight loss charity to guide you in seeking payment assistance.

Preventing falls and promoting safe movement in the home, at work, and external environments is a particular challenge for people with low vision. It is essential to recognise the importance of training in orientation and mobility. Your local health care provider and your local sight loss charity can help you identify training courses in your area.

Traveling can be stressful at any time, but it can be even more overwhelming if you or your travel companion are dealing with a visual impairment. It doesn’t have to be. With the correct planning, precautions, and awareness, you can make sure your next trip is enjoyable and successful. Click on this link to find many resources that will help you plan your trip ahead of time so it runs as smoothly as possible. Guidance ranges from how to plan your trip, how to look for discounts, what to pack and how to travel at ease with assistance under the following headlines:

  • Travel Planning Guides for the Visually Impaired
  • Travel Tips for the Visually Impaired
  • Understanding Your Rights as a Traveller With a Vision Impairment
  • Specialist Organizations for the Visually Impaired Who Want To Travel
  • Additional Resources

In Europe, if your sight loss qualifies as legally blind you are entitled to assistance with getting on and off aircraft, ships and trains free of charge. However, it is your responsibility to notify your airline, ticket or tour operator in advance of your trip of your needs.