Tips for Everyday Living

What can managing your Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) look like? Check out these life and health tips to learn how you can help prioritize your vision and overall health and wellness.

Mary S.’s Tips.
Eye Matter Ambassador DME Patient
  1. I’ve been able to get equipment and tools to help me adjust. In all my wall sockets I have plug-in lights so the floor is lit in every room. I had a battery-powered night-light installed by my front door to help me unlock my door at night. And my brother installed little lights inside my light switches so I could see them at night.
  2. There are other things I’ve learned along the way that have helped with simple day-to-day tasks, like putting my finger in my coffee cup so I know not to overfill it, or replacing those little jewelry clasps with magnets.
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DME will change your daily life, but it doesn't have to diminish it. Small lifestyle changes can make a huge impact on your eye health and can make a difference in how you prioritize your vision each day. Consider reaching out to a loved one to help you make these important changes.

Travel Safely4 The blurriness and blind spots caused by DME can impact your ability to drive. Consider asking a loved one to help you get around. Organizations such as Rides In Sight* provide information on transportation options to people with low vision.
Ease Your Eyes Ease some of the burdens on your eyes with some simple adjustments in your daily activities and in your home:
While outdoors, keep a hat with a visor and tinted anti-glare sunglasses on hand to offer your eyes protection against harmful UV light.
Consider installing bright lights in smart spots throughout your home, such as task and sensor lights. Not sure which lightbulb is best? Visit a lighting store to determine which type of bulb is best for you.
Organize your living spaces with labels and colors to help you more easily find items at home or wherever else you spend a lot of time.
Having trouble reading? Try using a magnifying glass, purchasing large print books or increasing the type size or contrast level on your computer, cellphone, or e-reader.
Be Realistic & Keep Track7 Setting specific, measurable goals may help keep you on track for success. Try keeping a journal of your exercises, what you eat, and your accomplishments to create a record of your progress.
Step It up Outside the Gym4,5 Try increasing your physical activity by participating in hobbies that keep you moving, or join a friend on a walk that gets you out in the neighborhood.
Healthy Carbs & Good Fats4,6 Not all carbohydrates and fats are created equal. Make sure you emphasize healthy foods such as leafy green vegetables, berries, whole grains, legumes (various beans and peas), and omega-3 rich foods in your diet. Try to focus on food options that can help keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Portion Control4,6 Eat quantities of food in moderation, and make sure you are aware of recommended serving sizes.
Go Smoke Free3 Smoking is a risk factor for DME. Prioritize your vision and overall health by quitting today.
*Rides In Sight is not affiliated or related to Regeneron. Regeneron does not influence or control the operations of Rides In Sight and cannot guarantee assistance will be provided. Rides In Sight is not an emergency service. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.

This resource is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace a physician's medical advice.

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References:
  1. Low vision aids and low vision rehabilitation. American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO EyeSmart) Web site. http://bit.ly/2ewn7hL. Accessed November 17, 2017.
  2. Tips for living life to its fullest: tips for low vision. American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Web site. http://bit.ly/2d8IiIq. Accessed November 17, 2017.
  3. Smoking and eye disease. American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO EyeSmart) Web site. http://bit.ly/2ievF0Y. Accessed November 17, 2017.
  4. Facts about diabetic eye disease. National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute Web site. http://bit.ly/2j1oO8K. Accessed November 17, 2017.
  5. Types of activity – what we recommend. American Diabetes Association (ADA) Web site. http://bit.ly/1wuKc6N. Accessed November 17, 2017.
  6. 4 steps to manage your diabetes for life. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Web site. http://bit.ly/2kVS6GM. Accessed November 17, 2017.
  7. Diabetes goal tracker mobile app. American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Web site. http://bit.ly/2A7kgu8. Accessed November 17, 2017.
  8. Tips for making print more readable. American Foundation for the Blind Web site. http://bit.ly/28VgWEv. Accessed November 17, 2017.
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