How You Can Monitor Your Blood Sugar Levels with Low or No Vision

Kim Ladd, RN, BS, CPHQ, CDCES   Editor’s note: To learn more and see a demo of the DexCom continuous glucose monitoring system, register for the upcoming webinar, Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Levels With Low or No Vision, on June 23 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM ET, featuring Kim Ladd and Marana Vradenburg.  You have low vision or no vision and are diagnosed with diabetes. Your doctor tells you that you need to … Continued

My Experience Using a Continuous Glucose Monitor

Editor’s note: Be sure to register for our upcoming webinar, Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Levels With Low or No Vision on June 23 from 5:30PM-7:00PM ET, with Marana and Diabetes Nurse Educator, Kim Ladd.  Kim has also written a blog post, How You Can Monitor Your Blood Sugar Levels with Low or No Vision – VisionAware. By Marana Vradenburg, Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist My diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes came … Continued

May Is Healthy Vision Month

Healthy Vision Month 2021: Eye on Health Equity  VisionAware joins with the National Eye Institute (NEI) in bringing attention to this important month. This year’s theme is the importance of increasing diversity in the eye health field — and how that can help everyone have an equal chance for healthy vision.   Healthy vision has many components:  Eat right. Try green and leafy vegetables and … Continued

All About Diabetes

Editor’s note: Be sure to register for our upcoming webinar on diabetes basics on April 14 from 4:00PM to 5:30PM ET. by Kim Ladd, RN, BS, CPHQ, CDCES According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 34.2 million Americans, which is just over 1 in 10 people, have diabetes and … Continued

Consumers Want to Know: How can I Test My Blood Sugar and Give Myself Insulin When I am Visually Impaired?

In Part 1 of this series I discussed good diabetes management. In this post, Kim Ladd, RN, BS, CPHQ, CDE, who works for the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired as a diabetes educator, shares the “thumb-guide technique” she developed and states, “Many people with low vision or no vision are successful in … Continued

Consumers Want to Know: How Can I Manage My Diabetes with Vision Loss

Many people with diabetes are living with some degree of vision loss caused by their disease and this can make diabetes self-care more difficult. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 12,000 to 24,000 people in the United States lose their vision to diabetic retinopathy each year. Diabetes also raises the risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, … Continued

November is National Diabetes Month

VisionAware Is Full of Information and Resources On Diabetes and Vision Loss Read about diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Find out how to monitor your diabetes. Read about the difference between hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Check out our Diabetes Guides in English and Spanish. Read Personal … Continued

Diabetes and Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Did you know that the leading causes of blindness among working age adults, may also be one of the most preventable eye diseases? November is Diabetes and Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Diabetic Retinopathy, one of the eye diseases associated with diabetes, is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults, according to the … Continued

World Sight Day: Learn More About “Avoidable Blindness” and Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Examination

World Sight Day is an international “day of awareness,” coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The purpose of World Site Day is to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. It is held each year on the second Thursday of October. This year, World Sight … Continued

From Lighthouse Guild: A New Vision Rehabilitation eLearning Program Specifically for Ophthalmologists

Low vision and blindness affect a substantial portion of the older adult population in the United States. Although new research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicates that the annual number of new cases of blindness and low vision among people aged 45 years and older is estimated to double during the next 30 … Continued