Are optometrists able to carry out sight tests/eye examinations for people with dementia?

Sight tests/eye examinations are for everyone:

  • If a traditional letter chart is unsuitable, their are alternative ways to examine your vision. (kays picture test, Cardiff cards etc)
  • Some optometrists will visit people in their own home.
  • Your optometrist can recommend the most appropriate glasses for you and will recommend the most appropriate lens, frame type

Things that can help with a sight test:

  • When arranging an appointment tell the optometrist you or the person you are supporting has dementia
  • Take a list of medications as some medications affect your vision
  • Advise the optometrist of any changes in behaviour which may indicate undetected sight loss such as disinterest in hobbies, falls, or persistently cleaning glasses

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