30.05.2016

Eyecare in care homes "could be much better"

Eyecare in care homes "could be much better"

People living in care homes around the UK could and should have greater access to eyecare and testing, according to a recent report.

In a study compiled by the think tank International Longevity Centre UK and the sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust, it was found that tests are not being offered to many residents on a consistent basis.

Additionally, in many cases the offers of a test were not being taken up by residents who could benefit from them.

The study noted that there is currently no standard requirement for care homes to maintain an adequate standard of eyecare, even though half of residents in the nation's care homes have a treatable form of vision loss.

Commenting on the study, Sarah Buchanan, research director of the Thomas Pocklington Trust, said it shows there is an "unacceptably high" rate of treatable sight loss in care homes.

"Eyecare is not a minor part of general health - it is a crucial priority, vital to people's health, well-being and independence. Only by recognising it as such will older people in care homes receive reliable, high quality eye care," she added.ADNFCR-1853-ID-801413242-ADNFCR


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