March 2014

Dr Fiona Rowe, University of Liverpool

Some 60 per cent of stroke survivors experience some form of vision problem following a stroke but their needs are not being met, according to research published by Thomas Pocklington Trust. Survivors, carers and clinicians have reported a need for increased awareness and understanding of post-stroke visual impairment and readily accessible information on the subject.

Key Facts:

  • Around two thirds of stroke survivors experience some form of vision problem such as impaired central or peripheral vision or eye movement abnormalities immediately after their stroke.
  • The impact of sight loss on stroke survivors can include loss of confidence, anxiety and depression, and inability to participate fully in rehabilitation.
  • Stroke survivors, carers and clinicians reported a need for increased awareness and understanding for post-stroke visual impairment.

How can this research help?

The research identies the types of visual conditions that can be brought on by a stroke, the impact this can have on patients. Recommendations for eye care following a stroke include provision of an orthoptist for stroke survivors, establishing a minimum of two orthoptic sessions per week, and introducing standardised vision screening and assessment.

Links: 

Research Findings: Vision Care for Stroke Survivors – PDF version and Word version