Healthy Vision Month: Learn About Age-Related Eye Conditions

It’s Older Americans Month as well as Healthy Vision Month. This year’s Healthy Vision Month focus is on protecting vision together as a family and finding out about resources for access to eye care. In preparation for Healthy Vision Month, Dr. Sefy Paulose recently updated our eye conditions section, and Dr. Paulose will be presenting … Continued

Accessible Devices for Managing Medications with Low or No Vision

by Kim Ladd, RN, BS, CPHQ, CDCES Editor’s note: Please join us for our upcoming webinar on Resources for Managing Medications with Low or No Vision, January 19, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. eastern. Please register. ACVREP credit will be offered.   Effectively Managing Medications If you have a chronic disease, like diabetes, effectively managing … Continued

November is Diabetes Month

Diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of blindness and often has no early warning signs. Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care are critical to prevent vision  loss.  During National Diabetes Month, the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) encourages you to learn how people with diabetes can protect their vision.   VisionAware provides you with information on managing your diabetes, including if you have vision loss through diabetic … Continued

Understanding the Different Types of Diabetes Medications Can Help Improve Your Health

by Kim Ladd, RN, CDCES, CPHQ Editor’s note: For National Diabetes Month, the VisionAware is offering a three-part series on diabetes medications. This series offers two pre-recorded presentations on diabetes medications along with a virtual webinar Q&A “chat” with presenter and Diabetes Educator, Kim Ladd, about the information she shares in Parts 1 and 2 of this series. The live Q&A will be held on November 17 … Continued

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