Demographic research predicts an ageing UK population resulting in increasing prevalences of dementia and the major causes of visual impairment (VI). A brief review of literature on VI and dementia revealed inconclusive prevalence data due to methodological differences in subjects’ age, research setting (care home residents and non residents) and definitions of VI. Furthermore, much of the research is 10-30 years old and few studies were UK based.
This led to identification of the main research question which was: What is the prevalence of a range of vision problems in people with dementia aged 60-89 years and to what extent are these conditions undetected or inappropriately managed?
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This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (project number 11/2000/13).
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