Vision care for stroke survivors
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.
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.
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