Living with Diabetic Retinopathy


The onset of vision loss may make it more challenging for you to manage your diabetes – but take comfort. There is help available to you.

Learning to live with vision loss is an adjustment, but your health care team and CNIB are here to help you learn diabetes self-management techniques and how to use adaptive tools to manage your diabetes with vision loss.

Medical support

Keeping your blood sugar (glucose) at target can help reduce the risk of developing vision loss. Target ranges for blood sugar can vary depending on your age, medical condition and other risk factors – ask your doctor or diabetes educator what your levels should be.

Regular visits to your eye doctor for complete eye exams; as well as visits to your family doctor and diabetes educator about monitoring and management your blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol; all play an essential role in helping to preserve vision. 

Practical and emotional support

Living with vision loss can be difficult, and it’s not uncommon to feel depressed or overwhelmed after being diagnosed with an eye condition. But CNIB offers personalized rehabilitation support services that can make a big difference in restoring hope and helping you lead an independent and active lifestyle.

CNIB’s low vision services can help you maximize the use of your remaining sight and do day-to-day tasks with confidence. CNIB’s caring specialists will work with you one-on-one or in a group setting, teaching you visual skills and how to use vision aids to live independently and achieve your personal goals.

For more information on the services available to you, please call the CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642. Helpline operators will be happy to connect you with the CNIB services that are just right for you. ​​

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