Eye care top tips for diabetics
- Everyone has their own personal experience with their eyes, so if something feels out of place for you, then get it checked out! It is better to be safe rather than sorry.
- Wear sunscreen on your eyes- ovi the eyelids- this is important, the eyes can actually get burnt quite easily, so don't forget them when protecting the rest of your skin! Remember that some anti-malaria tablets can make you more sensitive to the sun, so take extra precautions!
- Prescription sunglasses- this is something I never considered bringing with me on my travels, but once my optician suggested it, I thought why not! Naturally being in South America is going to bring about a lot of sun exposure, so I may as well protect the eyes! I got a great pair- which are currently being fitted for me, so I shall post a picture of them when they arrive- I got a great deal too because I told my optician they were for travelling! Woo!
- We should all avoid looking directly into the sun, whether we have diabetes or not, as looking into the sun can lead to damage to the retina, known as solar retinopathy.
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