If your vision is affected by diabetes, make sure your home is safe enough that your chance of falling is low. Ask your doctor about having a home assessment done. For people with diabetes, the combination of poor vision and nerve problems in the legs and feet can affect balance. This increases the chance of falling.
If you cannot read the labels on your medicines easily, the following tips might help:
- Use felt tip pens to label medicine bottles so you can read them easily.
- Use rubber bands or clips to tell medicine bottles apart.
- Ask someone else to give you your medicines.
- Always read labels with a magnifying lens.
- Use a pillbox with compartments for days of the week and times of the day, if you need to take medicines more than once a day.
Never guess when taking your medicines. If you are unsure of your doses, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Keep medicines and other household items organized in a cabinet so you know where they are.
Use large-print cookbooks to make foods that are on your diabetes meal plan. Ask your doctor or nurse where you can get these books.