Blind Veterans UK responds to the Prevalence of Visual Impairment in People with Dementia study
Responding to the final results of a study, conducted by optometrists, which reveals undiagnosed eye conditions in people with dementia, Dr. Renata Gomes, Head of Research at Blind Veterans UK said:
"We welcome the collaborative study by the College of Optometrists, Alzheimer’s Society and Thomas Pocklington Trust. We believe that enhanced support to manage sight impairment and blindness can significantly improve the quality of life for people living with dementia. Currently, 85 per cent of our veterans are over the age of 80, and with the right support and training they can manage vision impairment and go on to enjoy a life beyond sight loss. We find that vision impairment tends to be a secondary concern to dementia and other life-limiting conditions."
Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for ex-Service men and women with severe sight loss. We provide blind and vision-impaired veterans with the free services and lifelong practical and emotional support they need to lead full and independent lives.
Our veterans range from ex-Service men and women who have lost their sight to age-related conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, to veterans injured in Iraq, Afghanistan and other military conflicts.
Our observations are in line with the above mentioned published study.”
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