Optometry and Dementia: A Growing Need!

Dr Rakhee Shah

All optometrists face the challenges which can arise when examining a patient with dementia. This lecture will discuss key findings of the College of Optometrists’ PrOVIDe study and how our findings can assist optometrists when examining people with dementia.

The lecture will be in two parts, with a film shown between the parts. The three elements are:

  1. Rakhee Shah will present highlights from the PrOVIDE study which are of particular relevance to practising optometrists.
  2. A short film will be presented, in which a person with dementia and a carer for a person with dementia will discuss the implications of dementia.
  3. Rakhee Shah will reflect on her experience, discuss how optometrists can adapt their eye examination when examining a patient with dementia and offer practical advice on dementia patient care and management.

The PrOVIDe project (Prevalence of Visual Impairment in Dementia was funded by a grant to the College of Optometrists from NIHR (National Institute for Health Research). Rakhee Shah was part of the multidisciplinary team of researchers working on the project.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the prevalence, causes and risk factors of visual impairment in people with dementia.
  • To understand how to communicate with people with dementia and their carers.
  • To understand how to adapt the routine eye examination when examining a patient with dementia and offer practical advice on dementia patient care and management.

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