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Visioncall offers a dementia sight test to help people who are in need of a little extra time and care.

We do this because everyone can benefit from a regular sight test, regardless of cognitive or communication abilities.

Visioncall’s dementia sight test provides an accurate prescription which, when worn, can help a person to see better and live better.

How does Visioncall deliver a dementia sight test?

Visioncall’s dementia sight test uses an objective testing method to check your eyesight and eye health.

Our sight test delivers the same outcome as a high street optician.

Professional equipment for objective testing can help to determine a person’s level of sight without a verbal response.

An autorefractor is a hand-held automated device that provides an approximate prescription. Whereas a retinoscope is a manual instrument that offers a more accurate prescription.

Our optometrists usually use a retinoscope to shine a light inside the eye and measure the reflection of the light off the retina.

Light may fall before or behind the retina due to the shape of the eye and cause a blurred image.

Retinoscopy allows us to determine whether a person can benefit from near or distance glasses without verbal input from them.

As dementia usually affects the hippocampus (the memory recall part of the brain), it’s common for people living with dementia to get lost or experience disorientation.

These feelings can cause frustration and anger, which the person-centred care approach of Visioncall’s dementia sight test can help ease.

That’s why Visioncall optometrists take extra time and engage a person in a one-on-one conversation to ease any sight test anxiety.

Once a person is at ease, we can better understand their needs to ensure we deliver a person-centred care service.

High street sight test vs dementia sight test

If you’re able to visit the high street optician, it’s likely that your sight test involves reading a letter chart out loud until the writing is too small for you to read.

This subjective testing requires a verbal response to determine your level of vision.

For someone living with dementia, the unfamiliar and clinical environment with ‘big, scary’ machines can cause stress and frustration.

Whereas, Visioncall carry out the sight test in the comfort of a person’s home as familiar surroundings help to ease disorientation.

We always request a private room to ensure we maintain a person’s privacy and dignity.

What is the benefit of a dementia-friendly sight test?

A dementia sight test provides an essential health service for people who may otherwise not receive it.

If a person struggles to express themselves, they may be unable to request or undergo a sight test. They may even be unable to express their visual needs or concerns.

Getting an accurate prescription is important as it can help reduce the risk of falls and maintain a person’s independence.

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