the prevalence of sight loss in people with dementia is higher than the overall population, and
almost 50 per cent of those with sight loss were no longer classified as visually impaired when wearing the correctly prescribed glasses.
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. As part of your role you may promote access to eye care services. This leaflet has been created to support individuals with dementia and their carers to feel more confident when accessing eye care services:
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 (www.rnib.org.uk/dementia).
Top tip cards
We have some handy top tips to help you support people living with dementia and sight loss.
If you work with people with dementia in nursing, residential or domiciliary settings, you may find the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s Dementia gateway useful (it includes a section on Dementia and sight loss). There are lots of practical tips, tools and activities that will help you with your daily work. Each section has been written by a national dementia expert, so you can be sure the information and guidance is up to date and reflects best practices in dementia care.
Other useful factsheets
These good practice guidelines are to maximise the potential of everyday technologies to make a difference to the lives of those living with dementia and sight loss.
If you have dementia and sight loss, visit our webpage for blind and partially sighted people. It has lots of useful information about dementia and sight loss, looking after your sight, living with an eye condition, and helpful products and services.
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