Tips for caregivers of loved ones living with low vision Tips for caregivers of loved ones living with low vision

For Caregivers

There are simple ways to help care for your loved one.

Ways to support someone living with low vision

HELP YOUR LOVED ONE EVERY DAY

There are many things you can do on a daily basis to help. Get helpful tips, information, and resources on supporting your loved one living with a retinal condition. It’s important to take care of yourself, too.

  • Make simple changes around the house to improve lighting and contrast and reduce glare
  • Stay positive, and encourage new interests (like audio books instead of reading)
  • Provide a relaxing environment at home for your loved one after doctor appointments
  • Offer help with tasks when needed, but try not to take over or be impatient
  • Help ease concern about the costs of treatment by letting them know that assistance programs are available
In My Eyes virtual reality app allows you to see the symptoms of certain retinal diseases.

See what your loved one may be experiencing


With In My Eyes, you can get a better idea of what your loved one may be experiencing every day. Through virtual reality, this app lets you see and understand the impact certain retinal diseases can have in a real-life setting.

See the app
It's important for caregivers to take steps to care for themselves too.

Care for you, too


Caring for a loved one may be stressful. It's important that you take steps to care for your own health and well-being.

  • Make time for yourself, relax, and stay healthy
  • Ask for help when you need it, and accept help when it's offered
  • Look after your own needs each day
  • Join a support group

Other signs of stress to look for include:

  • Feeling tired much of the time
  • Feeling overwhelmed or irritable
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing weight loss or weight gain
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
Resources for caregivers of someone living with low vision.

RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS

You're already a source of support at your loved one's appointments. Now, you can get even more information and resources on supporting your loved one living with a serious eye condition.

  • Family Caregiver Alliance Supports and sustains the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
  • Rides in Sight Provides information about senior transportation options in local communities nationwide. Supported by Regeneron.
  • Today's Caregiver A leading provider of information and guidance for family and professional caregivers.
  • Discussion Guides Whether it's the first visit or your loved one has already been diagnosed, these helpful guides may give you insight into more productive discussions with the eye care team.

While Regeneron Pharmaceuticals does provide financial support to patient support organizations, Regeneron does not endorse any specific patient organization. The information provided by Regeneron or these organizations is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace a physician's medical advice.

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EYLEA4U is a comprehensive support program with several resources available to help eligible patients with the cost of EYLEA.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
  • EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection is a prescription medicine administered by injection into the eye. You should not use EYLEA if you have an infection in or around the eye, eye pain or redness, or known allergies to any of the ingredients in EYLEA, including aflibercept.
  • Injection into the eye with EYLEA can result in an infection in the eye and retinal detachment (separation of retina from back of the eye). Inflammation in the eye has been reported with the use of EYLEA.
  • In some patients, injections with EYLEA may cause a temporary increase in eye pressure within 1 hour of the injection. Sustained increases in eye pressure have been reported with repeated injections, and your doctor may monitor this after each injection.
  • There is a potential risk of serious and sometimes fatal side effects related to blood clots, leading to heart attack or stroke in patients receiving EYLEA.
  • Serious side effects related to the injection procedure with EYLEA are rare but can occur including infection inside the eye and retinal detachment.
  • The most common side effects reported in patients receiving EYLEA are increased redness in the eye, eye pain, cataract, vitreous (gel-like substance) detachment, moving spots in the field of vision, and increased pressure in the eye.
  • It is important that you contact your doctor right away if you think you might be experiencing any side effects, including eye pain or redness, light sensitivity, or blurring of vision, after an injection.
  • EYLEA is for prescription use only. For additional safety information, please talk to your doctor and see the full Prescribing Information for EYLEA.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

INDICATIONS

EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection is a prescription medicine approved for the treatment of patients with Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Macular Edema following Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO), Diabetic Macular Edema (DME), and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) in patients with DME.

Please see the full Prescribing Information for EYLEA.

The information contained herein is provided for general educational purposes. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor.

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