Diabetes & Drivers

A US Research study of the Human Capital Management Services database has identified that employees with diabetic macular edema or diabetic retinopathy reportedly have more days off work due to sick leave or short and long term disability because of their conditions.
 Data spanning eleven years was used from the database and absence days and worker's compensation was compared between two main control groups without diabetic eye disease, one with and one without diabetes, with those who had  diabetic macular edemaand / or diabetic retinopathy. It was found that a large percentage of workers were classed as commercial drivers where the impact of loss vision or complications regarding their condition was of high importance and also where the differences between controls and diseased groups were more pronounced.

The study helped to highlight the detrimental impact of retinopathy and macular edema in diabetics, especially amongst those who relied upon their vision to do their jobs such as the drivers.