If you have dementia and sight loss, we can help make life easier.
More than 250,000 people are living with dementia and sight loss in the UK, so you are not alone.
We teamed up with Alzheimer Scotland to produce some top tips aimed at reassuring anyone with dementia, and their family or carers, that a trip to an optometrist is a worthwhile and positive experience:
At RNIB, we want to improve eye health across the country. We have lots of great resources for people with dementia and sight loss, families and carers as well as professionals. Please share this page with anyone who you think might find it useful.
Most people with dementia and sight loss in the UK are over 65. Sight loss among people with dementia can be caused by:
We recommend that people have regular eye tests to check their vision and eye health. Eye tests are especially important for people with dementia because the symptoms of dementia might mask the symptoms of sight loss.
In England, Northern Ireland and Wales, sight tests are free every two years if you are over the age of 60 and annually if you are over the age of 70. In Scotland, sight tests are free for all ages and over 60s are seen annually.
Already have an appointment? Use our handy checklist to make sure you have everything covered when visiting an optometrist:
In partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, we produced a Dementia and sight loss leaflet that has useful information for anyone with dementia or those who support them. As well as learning more about dementia and sight loss, you'll find a handy checklist to make sure you have everything covered when visiting an optometrist and other information that will help you make the most of your sight.
We have lots of specialist gadgets and services to support your everyday activities. Our Online shop has products designed to make your life easier, such as easy-to-see clocks, big button remotes and talking labels to stick on things. Or why not check out our popular talking newspapers or audio books services if you enjoy reading.
The Vision UK Learning Disability, Dementia and Sight Loss Committee has produced the following information for people with dementia, their families, carers and medical professionals.
There are a number of things that can be useful for you or your family, friends and carers to know. The Vision UK Learning Disability, Dementia & Sight Loss Committee have produced a document addressing some of the frequently asked questions by people affected by dementia and sight loss, their carers, and practitioners in dementia and vision services. Visit the Vision UK page to download the document in a choice of formats.
If you are a professional who supports someone with dementia and sight loss, visit our webpage for professionals. It has lots of useful information including tips to help you communicate better, ways to help in the home, and guidelines for using technology to support someone with dementia and sight loss.
RNIB's work on dementia and sight loss has been supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.