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

From the American Academy of Ophthalmology: Eye Doctors Must Learn to Pay Closer Attention to Depression in Their Patients with Vision Loss

At the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 11-14, 2017, Dr. John D. Shepherd, Director of the Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, delivered a powerful lecture on older adults, depression, and vision loss. Dr. Shepherd discussed his own experience … Continued

November Is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month: Learn More About Diabetes and Your Eyes

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, which aims to increase awareness of diabetes and diabetic eye disease and encourage people with diabetes to seek treatment for vision problems related to diabetes. You can learn more about diabetes at What Is Diabetes? and ¿Qué es la diabetes? at VisionAware. According to Prevent Blindness America, diabetes … Continued

During Healthy Aging Month, Learn More About Older Adult Eye Health and Low Vision from the National Eye Institute

According to the United States National Eye Institute, “Older adults are at higher risk for certain eye diseases and conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, dry eye, and low vision. Eye diseases often have no early symptoms, but can be detected during a comprehensive dilated eye exam.” “More than 40 million … Continued

A New Eye Health Awareness Program from the National Eye Institute Designed Specifically for African American Consumers: Write the Vision

A growing body of diabetes, vision, and health care research indicates that significant disparities in the quality and equity of eye care exist throughout the United States, specifically within African American patient communities. This research includes evaluating the disparities in screening rates for diabetic retinopathy among minority patients, examining the rates of vision loss of … Continued