Diabetic Treatment Not Impeded by Vision Loss

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2nd July 2010

Visually impaired people can use insulin pens to control diabetes just as well as their fully sighted counterparts, new research shows. Insulin pens currently carry a warning advising that vision-impaired individuals may not be able to correctly use the life-saving equipment. However, a study carried out by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing showed that vision-impaired people were able to use the pen without incident after following audio instructions.

The research showed that visually impaired people were more likely to adhere to the instructions given than their sighted counterparts who were more likely to gloss over important information.

Researchers explain that their findings show that non-visual techniques can be successfully used to enable people with sight problems to self-medicate and live more independently.

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