National Institute for Health Research, July 2016
This study aims to measure the prevalence of eye conditions causing visual impairment in people with dementia and to identify/describe reasons for under-detection or inappropriate management.
The study concludes that prevalence of visual impairment is disproportionately higher in people with dementia living in care homes. Almost 50% of presenting VI is correctable with spectacles, and more with cataract surgery. Areas for future research are the development of an eye-care pathway for people with dementia; assessment of the benefits of early cataract surgery; and research into the feasibility of specialist optometrists for older people.
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