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Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels in the retina. Learn more about diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, as well as other eye conditions that can cause low vision: age-related macular degeneration, macular hole, cataracts, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa. You can also find helpful tips and techniques for everyday living skills and reading and writing, along with helpful products and low vision devices. Register to receive alerts and news relating to vision loss, including the latest updates in medical research.

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Take the Test!

Editor's note: Audrey Demmitt, VisionAware peer advisor and R.N., reminds everyone of the risk of diabetes and what you should know. Could you be the one in three American adults who is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness among working age adults, and that’s why VisionAware is participating in American Diabetes Association Alert Day(r). On March 28, we encourage you to take a quick (and anonymous) one-minute Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test to


How I Learned to Live with Type 2 Diabetes

By Sanho Steele-Louchart Editor's note: This is American Diabetes Awareness Month and VisionAware is featuring the extensive material we have available on diabetes and its ramifications for people with vision loss. This year's theme, established by the American Diabetes Association, is #ThisisDiabetes Campaign. Sanho Steele-Louchart's story is his "this is diabetes" contribution. Being Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes Came As a Shock The diagnosis forced me to question who I am, the choices I've made, and how well I live. I was diagnosed just before I turned 22. I went into the doctor's office with a sinus


I'm Not Blind

Editor's note: In honor of Worldwide Week of Service in Sight and World Sight Day, Steve Kelley brings you today's post, I'm Not Blind, a story of adjusting to visual impairment. As the world focuses its attention on preventable and unavoidable blindness, we encourage you to reach out to the rehabilitation services and eye care professionals that can help you cope with your vision loss and improve your useful vision. I'm Not Blind By Steve Kelley What comes to mind when you think about blindness? If you feel fearful or anxious about blindness, you are not alone. In a


Our Readers Want to Know: Managing Diabetes Medications, Part 2 Tools for Dosing

Editor's note: Since the earliest days of VisionAware.org, questions about diabetes have consistently ranked high within the top information searches. Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, we have been highlighting vision issues related to diabetes. One of those is taking ones medications properly. VisionAware has many resources that can help you. We have highlighted some critical information about taking insulin and other diabetes medications. Also, be sure to read Part 1 on Managing Medications. Dosing Tools <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.asp?ImageID=3509" alt="Count-A-Dose insulin measurement device


Helping My Family Cope with Diabetes and Understanding the Consequences

Editor's note: As we come to the end of National Diabetes Awareness month, peer advisor Amy Bovaird shares her concerns about diabetes and its impact on her family. Impact of Diabetes on My Life Diabetes impacts my life because three people in my family have it and I see how it affects them. My mother and two brothers all have Type 2 diabetes. Mom, frail and slender at eighty-six, is very careful about her diet. She exercises as much as she safely can at her age, which means riding a stationary bicycle each day. Yet because diabetes


Our Readers Want to Know: Managing Diabetes Medications Part 1

Editor's note: One of the many benefits associated with an online information center and website, such as VisionAware, is the ability to track readers' search terms [i.e., information readers are seeking as they search the Internet]. Since the earliest days of VisionAware.org, questions about diabetes have consistently ranked high within the top information searches. Peer Advisor and diabetes educator Audrey Demmitt, R.N., provides this helpful two-part series on what readers want to know about managing medications. Since November is


Managing Diabetes from Head to Toe

Diabetes Requires Self-Care What a person with diabetic retinopathy sees Diabetes is a serious disease and affects all parts of the body. It demands constant monitoring and a disciplined routine of self-care. There is no taking a break from this chronic condition. Many people who have diabetes become “burned-out” on taking care of it. Some lack the


Common Sense Solutions to Managing Diabetes and Visual Impairment

Diabetes can cause many health issues including vision loss. Here are some practical suggestions I have come up with over the years for managing your diabetes. You can find out much more in the diabetes management section. Eat Healthy In planning meals, remember that each portion of carbs represents one carb choice or 15 grams of carbohydrate. Most women can have 3-4 carb choices per meal and most men can have 4-5.


Living with Diabetes

Facing Diabetes and Its Complications "You can eat all the ice cream you want in heaven." So began the eulogy for my friend Sally who had died of diabetic complications two days before. The minister's talk was aimed particularly to Sally's six year old son on the front row of the chapel. I cringed because I have diabetes too. My feelings were exactly the same when my doctor informed me that I had the scary disease six years ago. I loved sweets, still do, but I thought then that they would be available to me only in the next world. That's what everyone says: "No sweets." I knew that I wanted a different answer. Educational Seminar I attended a day-long diabetes educational


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