The relationship between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and sight loss is both complex and under explored.
We aim to better understand this relationship and so prevent sight loss where TBI has occurred. We are developing an understanding between TBI, dementia, sight loss and associated conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) systems are under development as part of our research.
Of the 850,000 people living with dementia across the UK, more than 250,000 also have sight loss. Dementia and sight loss significantly increase the chances of isolation and loneliness. Our research look into connections between factors that are often found in the veteran population and the likelihood of people to suffer from dementia. Those suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the increase in chances of dementia.
Veterans are overall up to 4.4 times more likely to develop dementia when they had TBI. Similar to rates reported for contact sport athletes.
These findings were the first step that Blind Veterans UK has taken in the process of continuing to investigate and research into connections between dementia in the blind and veteran populations. We have also adapted our services, and will continue to do so, to best support our blind veterans who also suffer with dementia.