Complex needs and older people's services

Our purpose is to identify sight loss in people with learning disabilities, dementia and in older people to ensure that each individual can achieve their full potential, be as independent as possible and get the most out of life

Learning disability

The prevalence of sight loss among people with a learning disability is far greater than previously thought. There are about one million adults in the UK with a learning disability.

People with a learning disability are 10 times more likely to have serious sight problems than other people and those with severe or profound learning disabilities are most likely to have sight problems.

For more information, read about learning disability and sight loss:

Dementia

People living with dementia, a condition that can erode memory and mental capability, may also suffer sight loss that goes undetected.

Sight loss is often compounded by the fact that people with dementia are often unable to communicate their loss of vision to their family, carers and health workers who may attribute any difficulties to their dementia

Successful access to eye health care and the impact of sight loss in people living with dementia can be achieved by implementing simple changes and adaptations. For more information on dementia and sight loss, read our guide:

Stroke and sight loss

Stroke survivors often suffer visual difficulties and loss of vision. Ensuring people are aware of the potential visual difficulties associated with stroke survivors is paramount to their ongoing care and rehabilitation.

There are several levels of training available for the carers/support staff of Stroke survivors, to ensure this critical part of rehabilitation is not missed. If you're looking for further help on the subject, please contact the UK Practice and Development Team.

Autism and sight loss

People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can have a range of sight problems. This can also include difficulties with visual processing and visual spatial skills. It is vital that people with ASD receive an early diagnosis of any sight problems to ensure that appropriate support is included in education and care strategies. For further information please contact the UK Practice and Development Team.

Older People and Sensory Loss

As people get older, sight is affected as part of the natural ageing process. One in five people aged 75 and over are living with sight loss which may contribute to the risk of falling.

Read more about on older people and sight loss here.

Regular Vision Checks

The impact of sight loss in older people may be reduced by having your vision tested regularly and implementing simple changes and adaptations within the environment.

Contact the Learning Disability Service

For more on availability and costs please contact the UK Practice and Development Team: Tel: 0141 772 5588, or email: learningdisability@rnib.org.uk

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