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Retinopathy Travel Insurance

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!

Tips and advice for travelling with Retinopathy

  • Seek advice from your GP and discuss whether travel would be a good idea
  • Find out the location of local hospitals, pharmacies and Dr’s surgeries
  • Pack extra medication so you are prepared in case of travel delays and/or lost or stolen luggage
  • Think about buying brightly coloured luggage so you can spot it easily as it comes through on the conveyor after your flight
  • If you use a cane, pack it with you so people are aware you are visually impaired
  • Many staff at airports, train stations and hotels are happy to help so don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Consider learning a few phrases in the local language so you can get across what your symptoms are and what help you need
  • If you are travelling to Europe, then it is essential that you carry an EHIC – European Health Insurance Card. You can apply for a free card by following the link

Booking your Retinopathy Travel Insurance

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.