Looking after your eyes – information resources for people with learning disabilities

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10 April 2019
Source: SeeAbility

Adults and children with learning disabilities are far more likely to have a serious sight problem than other people. Therefore, SeeAbility have created some useful information resources for adults and children with learning disabilities about looking after your eyes, including easy read formats: Be aware of vision Eye tests Wearing glasses Getting the right support You may find the following

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PLOS one: Cataract surgery and age-related cognitive decline: A 13-year follow-up of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

29 October 2018
Source: PLOS One

Background Visual impairment has been associated with lower cognitive ability among older adults, yet little is known about whether improving visual function with cataract surgery would be associated with slower cognitive decline. This study aimed to assess whether trajectories of cognitive decline differed before and after cataract surgery and compare those trajectories between older adults with cataract surgery and without

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UK researchers find hearing aids and cataract surgery slow rates of cognitive decline

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24 October 2018
Source: Workplace daily briefing

Optometry Today reports UK researchers have highlighted the impact of hearing and visual aids on rates of age-related mental decline. A study published in PLOS One found that the pace of cognitive decline was halved in individuals following cataract surgery, while research in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that mental deterioration lowered by 75% following the adoption of hearing

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The Herald: Anger as opticians in Ayrshire told not to refer patients for second cataracts op to ease waiting times

10 August 2018

Patients in Ayrshire are being refused cataract surgery on a second eye under new restrictions designed to cut waiting times. Opticians are said to be frustrated over the move, which was described as a “false economy” by sight loss campaigners. It is understood that the new rules have been implemented to ease pressure on ophthalmology, amid a shortage of surgeons

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RCOphth: Sustainable Ophthalmic Pathways

19 June 2018
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Supporting commissioners, providers and professionals with the most recent   recommendations to ensure efficient and equitable ophthalmic services. Access to surgery Key messages: • Cataract surgery is highly cost effective in almost all cases of cataract causing symptoms affecting the patient’s quality of life • Access to cataract surgery should not be limited by any specific visual acuity or quality of

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HQIP and RCOphth: New report shows a majority of cataract surgery centres are delivering high quality care for patients in England and Wales

14 July 2017
Source: HQIP/RCOphth

The first prospective National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) Audit report on cataract surgery in England and Wales looked at 120,722 cataract operations undertaken between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 by 55 English and 1 Welsh NHS cataract surgical centres. View full report and key findings here The report shows that cataract surgery centres are delivering high quality care to

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IAPB: New Paper Looks at Effectiveness of Cataract Surgery in 20 Countries

1 March 2017
Source: IAPB

A paper published today in PLOS ONE calculates that across 20 low and middle income countries the average cataract surgical coverage (CSC) was 53.7%, i.e. only a little over half the people needing cataract surgery had actually received an operation. The paper, by Dr Jaqueline Ramke and others, promotes the use of a new indicator – “effective cataract surgical coverage” (eCSC).

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