23 January 2017
Source: VISION 2020 UK Dementia & Sight Loss Committee
The Vision UK Learning Disability, Dementia & Sight Loss Committee (previously known as the VISION 2020 UK Dementia & Sight Loss Committee) has produced a new factsheet on ‘Eye examinations for people with dementia’. This information will be useful for people with dementia, their families, carers and medical professionals.
How often should I have my eyes tested?
Everyone should have their sight tested at least once every two years, or once every year if you are 70 years old or older. However, some people may need their sight tested more often. If you notice a change in your sight, if you cannot see as well as you used to, or if your eyes hurt or are red, then you should have an eye examination. Blurred vision may also worsen the symptoms of dementia and may increase a sense of isolation and confusion.
It is possible to have an eye examination if you have dementia. Your optometrist (optician) should be able to adjust the eye examination to meet your needs, accurately measure your vision and prescribe and update any specs you may need.
An eye examination will also detect any eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma and it is an important first step in treating these conditions and avoiding sight loss.
There are other factsheets available on:
‘Eye examinations for people with dementia’ factsheet attached below.