Dementia and Vision
It is estimated that at least 250,000 people in the UK are living with both sight loss and dementia.
• Someone living with dementia is up to 8 times more likely to fall than someone without the disease
• Someone living with dementia is 3 times more likely to sustain a fracture following a fall
• Someone living with sight loss is twice as likely to fall
These figures would suggest that people with dementia and people with sight loss are at risk of falls. Combining both conditions would suggest the risk of falls would increase significantly.
The LOC would be keen to discuss with CCGs and Public Health bodies ways to improve access and the sight test experience for people who have dementia.