Vision Bill of Rights for the Diabetes Community

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The Vision Bill of Rights for the Diabetes Community

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Today, more than 425 million people in the world are living with diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease, which can lead to serious complications, including diabetic eye diseases. Diabetic eye diseases can cause partial or complete vision loss and have a huge impact on quality of life. But many people living with diabetes don’t have access to the care or information necessary to protect their sight. Every person living with diabetes should have access to the resources and treatments that best protect their vision. With respect for the complexities of our world’s health systems, we stand up for the diabetes community as we advocate for the following:

 

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The Vision Bill of Rights for the Diabetes Community

EVERY person in the world living with diabetes…

 

1. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to the best ophthalmologic care available, including comprehensive vision screening with dilated eye exams and the most effective medical interventions available. This care should be available regardless of race, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability or sexual orientation.

2. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to doctors who are informed about the latest diabetic eye disease research, prevention, and treatment information.

3. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to governments and insurance companies making diabetic eye disease an important priority by providing affordable and accessible health care options that include: preventive vision screenings, yearly dilated eye exams, appropriate treatments, low vision technology, and devices and rehabilitation care that maximize independence.

4. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to reimbursement for preventative eye screenings, including yearly, dilated eye exams.

5. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to expect supportive communities that help people living with diabetic eye diseases maintain independence and live the highest quality of life possible.

6. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to free access to the latest information about prevention strategies and effective treatments for diabetic eye diseases. The information should be available in one’s native language and in formats (audio, electronic, tactile and large print) that are low-vision accessible.

7. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to benefit from technological advances that make screening and care more efficient such as artificial intelligence, mobile applications, and telemedicine.

8. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to ask their doctors questions and get clear answers about their eye health, their risk of vision loss, approaches to preventing diabetic eye diseases, and treatment options, including clinical trials.

9. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to choose the best vision-saving treatments.

10. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to protect their current level of vision.

11. SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to vision loss rehabilitation services that provide training and opportunities to maintain enjoyable and productive lives should they experience blindness.

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The International Vision Bill of Rights for the Diabetes Community

Every person in the world living with diabetes…

 

 

  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to the best ophthalmologic care available, including comprehensive vision screening with dilated eye exams and the most effective medical interventions available. This care should be available regardless of race, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability or sexual orientation.
  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to doctors who are informed about the latest diabetic eye disease research, prevention, and treatment information.
  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to governments and insurance companies making diabetic eye disease an important priority by providing affordable and accessible health care options that include: preventive vision screenings, yearly dilated eye exams, appropriate treatments, low vision technology, and devices and rehabilitation care that maximize independence.
  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to reimbursement for preventative eye screenings, including yearly, dilated eye exams.
  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to expect supportive communities that help people living with diabetic eye diseases maintain independence and live the highest quality of life possible.
  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to free access to the latest information about prevention strategies and effective treatments for diabetic eye diseases. The information should be available in one’s native language and in formats (audio, electronic, tactile and large print) that are low-vision accessible.
  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to benefit from technological advances that make screening and care more efficient such as artificial intelligence, mobile applications, and telemedicine.
  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to ask their doctors questions and get clear answers about their eye health, their risk of vision loss, approaches to preventing diabetic eye diseases, and treatment options, including clinical trials.
  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to choose the best vision-saving treatments.
  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to protect their current level of vision.
  • SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT to vision loss rehabilitation services that provide training and opportunities to maintain enjoyable and productive lives should they experience blindness.

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