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What role can vision play with dementia?

See the future clearly!

Even if your sight is poor, there’s always room for improvement through good eye care to help you see better and live better.

There are currently 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK and this figure is expected to reach 1 million by 2025.

When dementia damages the visual system, recognising familiar faces and objects becomes more difficult.

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia which damages the hippocampus – the part of the brain that controls long-term memory and spatial navigation – which makes it harder for someone with Alzheimer’s to create new memories and learn new information.

This means that an individual with Alzheimer’s may respond to a location or landmark emotionally, but not be able to recognise it or couple it with directional information.

Signs exist to help us safely navigate our world, because it’s a struggle to navigate daily life without directional instructional signs.

In comparison, depending on the progression of the disease, life for people living with Alzheimer’s can often be just as disorientating as life is for us without these signs.

Having better vision through good eye care can enable someone living with dementia to better interact with the world around them instead of feeling increasingly isolated due to poor sight.

Good eye care includes making sure glasses are clean, current and correct to your latest prescription as this allows us to make the most of our sight.

But, needing glasses doesn’t mean your eyes are unhealthy!

People living with dementia can have visual difficulties because the disease affects the parts of their brain that handle visual information coming from the eyes.

This means that someone living with dementia may have visual problems, but have healthy eyes.

While a yearly sight test is important to enable one of our largest demographic groups to see better and live better, it’s just as important to follow any eye care recommendations made by your optician.

Signage and good lighting are key to easing the disorientation that dementia and poor sight can cause.

Visioncall signage uses carefully selected colours and icons suitable for individuals living with dementia, to help them to see better and live better within their home.

We also offer bespoke signage on request to provide an emotional connection to further ease confusion and disorientation at home.

To find out more about how signage plays a massive part in our daily life, read our blog here.