Diabetes Assistive Devices for Patients with Functional Impairments
- Functional impairments include partial or total loss of function of a body part. Together with activity limitation and participation restriction, these three dimensions comprise disability .
- Blindness is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as best corrected visual acuity worse than 20/400  More broadly, vision impairment is considered the inability to see well when wearing glasses or contacts, according to the CDC . Legally blind is considered 20/200 or worse with the best corrected vision.
- Disabling hearing loss in adults is defined by the WHO as hearing loss greater than 40dB in the better-hearing ear .
- Sensory and motor deficits can lead to other functional impairments, such as reduced mobility or fine motor skills.
- Fortunately there are many tools for the management of diabetes in patients with visual, hearing, and motor disabilities.
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