Travel insurance for diabetic retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the retina and is a common complication of diabetes. It happens when high blood sugar levels damage the cells at the back of the eye and can lead to blindness if it’s not treated. According to Diabetes UK, the condition is the most common cause of blindness among people of working age in the UK.
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy are not always noticeable in the early stages. But they can include: shapes floating in your field of vision, blurred vision, reduced night vision and sudden blindness. There are a number of things you can do to prevent retinopathy, such as losing weight, exercising regularly and giving up smoking.
However, having diabetic retinopathy should not stand in the way of travelling abroad or enjoying a holiday in the UK. But it’s a good idea to make sure you cover any trip with adequate travel insurance to help give you peace of mind. To find out what level of cover we can offer you, complete our medical screening process online or via our friendly team of travel insurance team on 0800 033 4902.
Why do I need travel insurance if I have diabetic retinopathy?
As with most medical conditions it’s a wise move to purchase travel insurance just in case you have a medical emergency while on holiday. After all, a holiday is a big investment and you’ll want to enjoy it, not worry about potential medical bills if you were to end up in hospital.
Purchasing a policy with Staysure means you can enjoy your holiday worry free, as not only are we an award winning company, we are also leaders in the over 50s medical travel insurance field.
Our Comprehensive policies include cancellation cover, extra flights and accommodation for you, your travel companion, children and grandchildren if you have a medical emergency.
What’s more, we can replace any lost or stolen medication for your diabetic retinopathy that you need while away. All of the above can be added to our Basics policy as an optional extra too.
Tips for travelling with diabetic retinopathy
- If you have any medical concerns speak to your doctor before booking a holiday
- If travelling by plane phone the airport in advance to ask them for help when you arrive
- Don’t be shy asking for help on cruise ships, hotels, taxi or buses – staff are happy to help
- Consider taking a friend or family member if you are nervous about travelling alone
- Find out whether there is a blind institute in the destination you’re travelling to. They may be able to help with arranging tours, transport and accommodation
- Many art galleries and museums have special tours for the blind. Contact them before your trip to see what they can offer
- Consider buying brightly coloured luggage so it’s easier to see in the collection area
- Take your cane as it lets people know that you are visually impaired
- Order a free travel pack from the Royal National Institute for the Blind here
- Take enough medication for the length of your holiday and more in case you’re delayed
- If you are travelling to Europe it’s a requirement with Staysure that you get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This gives you free or reduced cost medical treatment \u2013 but it doesn’t cover the cost of being flown back to the UK. Apply online here or call 0300 3301350.
Diabetic Retinopathy Travel Insurance
Apply for a travel insurance quote that covers diabetic retinopathy online or call our travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.
All travel insurance provided by Staysure is subject to agreement from our underwriter. Terms and conditions apply, details of which can be found within the Policy Document.