Management of visual impairment in older people: what can the nurse do?

Author: Watkinson, Susan

Source: Aging Health, 1 December 2009, vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 821-832(12)


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With the predicted rise in the number of people in the older population, the increase in the incidence of ocular conditions will present nurses with challenges for the prevalence of chronic conditions. Therefore, early referral, accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment are instrumental in improving or preserving sight in the longer term and promoting a better sight-related quality of life. Nurses play an important role as health educators, providing older people with relevant information, as well as help and support to regain sufficient control over the management of their visual problems in order to maintain self-esteem, confidence and to re-establish quality of life.

Keywords: demographic change; nursing role; ocular disease; older people; visual impairment

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: ††Thames Valley University, Wellington Street, Slough SY1 1YG, UK., Email:

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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