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Retinopathy is commonly associated with diabetes as it is a complication of the condition. It occurs when high blood sugar levels cause damage to the back of the eye which if undiagnosed and untreated can lead to blindness. Nevertheless, the condition can be identified during its early stages by monitoring the health of the eye by taking photos.
If you are thinking about taking a holiday but have been diagnosed with retinopathy, make sure you are fully prepared by following some our handy tips below and start planning your break!
By booking your travel insurance with Direct Travel we may be able to offer cover to customers with retinopathy as a pre-existing condition, provided it is declared at the medical screening stage of the booking process. Please have to hand information about your condition, any medication you are currently taking and any treatment you have received. Unfortunately, it is harder to arrange travel insurance if you are awaiting a diagnosis or treatment. You should also talk to your Doctor / Consultant before confirming travel plans.
To provide peace of mind for patients, a policy which covers family members, and/or a carer may be suitable depending on your circumstances to ensure that everyone is covered appropriately. If, due to complications relating to your retinopathy you are unable to travel you may be able to make a claim for cancellation. Our policies also provide a 24-hour medical assistance line, expenses relating to ambulance and hospital costs and repatriation to the UK amongst others.