Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month


If you, or someone close to you has diabetes, you will know that it is one of the biggest causes of vision loss. We answer some of your questions:

How does diabetes affect my eyes?
Diabetes causes problems with blood flow and blood vessels inside the eye. The blood vessels can weaken, leak or bleed, affecting the retina at the back of the eye. Damage to the retina is called retinopathy.

Blind Except for Movement
Blind Except for Movement

Blind Except for Movement: Woman’s Injury Offers Insight into How the Brain Works

Milena Canning can see objects only if they are moving, hinting at the inner workings of our visual system

Milena Canning can see steam rising from a coffee cup but not the cup. She can see her daughter's ponytail swing from side to side, but she can't see her daughter. Canning is blind, yet moving objects somehow find a way into her perception. Scientists studying her condition say it could reveal secrets about how humans process vision in general.


Contact lens stuck inside woman’s eyelid for 28 years
Contact lens stuck inside woman’s eyelid for 28 years

As a result of a sporting accident, a contact lens migrated into a Scottish woman's eyelid and remained there for 28 years.

When a 14-year-old Scottish girl was hit in the face by a shuttlecock while playing badminton, she thought the contact lens in her left eye had simply fallen out during the impact. 

The doctors who examined her came to the same conclusion. 

But almost 30 years later, medical personnel were shocked to discover the lens had actually lodged itself in her eye, and had been stuck there for the past 28 years. 

Type 1 Diabetes

Meet Emily and her mom Tanya. Emily was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on 17 March 2018 aged 4. They noticed changes in her behavior and she developed a larger than normal appetite, despite her small stature, she still continually lost weight. Emily became quiet and started drinking a lot of water and bed-wetting occurred. Diagnosis was made when she started becoming listless and pale. Tanya says, diabetes was the last thing on her mind and hearing that her little girl is a diabetic was devastating.

Eye Allergies: How To Get Relief From Itchy, Watery Eyes

Eye allergies — red, itchy, watery eyes that are bothered by the same irritants that cause sneezing and a runny nose among seasonal allergy sufferers — are very common.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that 50 million people in the United States have seasonal allergies, and its prevalence is increasing — affecting up to 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children. In addition to having symptoms of sneezing, congestion and a runny nose, most of these allergy sufferers also experience itchy eyes, watery eyes, red eyes and swollen eyelids.