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Tips to Assist

If you’re caring for someone with diabetic macular edema, these tips and best practices will make it simpler and more fulfilling.

Listen and Observe

Listen & Observe

There’s more you can do for your loved one with DME than you might realize. Here are some ways you can help them continue to live a full, independent life:

Stop, look, listen

Keep in mind that a change in vision is stressful and life adjustments can be challenging. Just listening to your loved one’s concerns and fears can let them know they have your love and support.

Observe living spaces

To prevent accidents and injury, address any tripping hazards. For example, pick up any items on the floor and make sure the edges of any loose rugs are secured.

Clear the way

Space out furniture to ensure your loved one can easily maneuver in each room.

Enable with labels

Use white tape and a black marker (or self-adhesive labels with large print) to make meal prep, cooking and kitchen cleanup easier.

Add contrast

Make entryways easier to spot by painting door frames a color that clearly contrasts with the wall color.

Encourage and Support

Encourage & Support

It’s easy for people with DME to pull back from life. That’s where you can come in — with encouragement and support that helps keep your loved one engaged and moving forward.
Keep an eye on eye appointments
An important way to help prevent DME from getting worse is to make sure your loved one has an eye exam at least once a year. Go with them, be ready with questions for the doctor, and take notes.
Learn about DME yourself
That way you can knowledgeably participate in conversations during eye appointments and at home.
Provide transportation
Whether it’s a trip to the eye doctor, the grocery store, or a nearby park, getting your loved one out and about can really help their frame of mind.
Tweak computer settings
Computers are often equipped with special features for people with low vision. This can be a real game changer, so check it out!
Get BIG
Find books, newspapers, crossword puzzles, and other printed materials that have extra-large type. And look for cell phones and other electronics with large buttons and numbers.
Now hear this!
Audiobooks can be a great entertainment experience since they don’t require any major visual activity.
Self Care

Self-Care

Remember that a DME diagnosis for a loved one is stressful for you, too. So be sure to take care of yourself as you care for and support your loved one.

Prioritize your health

You can’t help others if you are depleted yourself. Make it a point to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, stay active, and set aside time for the things you love to do.

Have your own support system

Maybe that’s a friend, a spouse, or a group that understands and provides support and advice for caregivers like you.

Above all, ask for help from family, friends, support groups, and healthcare providers when you need it.

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