Diabetes Self-Management Articles

Many people with diabetes develop eye complications, but the good news is that vision loss is often preventable. Keeping blood glucose levels in check can lower the risk of eye complications, and regular visits to an optometrist or ophthalmologist can help you detect and treat problems as early as possible. Read the articles below to find out about ways to avoid visual impairment, as well as ways to deal with it.


Avoiding Eye Complications by A. Paul Chous, MA, OD

When it comes to diabetes-related eye complications, the good news is that most cases of severe vision loss due to diabetes are preventable. The bad news is that tens of thousands of people still lose vision to diabetes each year, despite all that is…

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Eating for Better Vision and Healthy Eyes by Linnea Hagberg, RD

For generations, mothers have advised their children to eat their carrots for the sake of their eyes. Indeed, carrots do contain compounds that are vital to vision. But today’s moms and others wanting to eat for eye health should know that eating for better vision is not just about carrots anymore…

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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE, and Karen M. Bolderman, RD, LDN, CDE

uch of the effort you put into your daily diabetes care is aimed at preventing the chronic or long-term complications that can occur with diabetes. Over time, less than optimally controlled blood glucose and blood pressure levels can cause damage to blood vessels, nerves, and organs in the body, including the eyes

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Protecting Your Eye Health

Preventing eye complications and preserving vision are major priorities if you have diabetes: People with diabetes have higher risks of developing several eye problems that can cause permanent vision loss if untreated, and diabetes is the biggest cause of new cases of blindness in adults in the United States…


Talking Meters by Ann S. Williams, Ph.D., R.N., C.D.E.

Self-monitoring of blood glucose is one of the areas of diabetes self-management that is deeply affected by severe visual impairment. When people with diabetes learn they have permanent visual impairment, one of the first questions they often ask a…

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Tools and Techniques for Visual Impairment by Connie Kleinbeck, RN, BSN, CDE

Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness for American adults between the ages of 20 and 74. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that 12,000 to 24,000 people in the United States lose their vision to diabetic retinopathy each year. But…

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What to Expect at Your Eye Exam by Harry G. Randall, MD

If you are lucky enough to have good eyesight, you may be surprised when your diabetes care team recommends that you make an appointment with an eye doctor. If your vision is stable, and your eyes don’t bother you, why should you have your eyes…

Also inside: Anatomy of the Eye and for Further Reading

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