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Correctable visual impairment in stroke rehabilitation patients

Correctable visual impairment in stroke rehabilitation patients
Correctable visual impairment in stroke rehabilitation patients
BACKGROUND: after stroke, visual impairment may exacerbate the impact of other impairments on overall disability and negatively influence rehabilitation.

OBJECTIVE: to examine the visual status of patients after stroke and determine whether this can be improved by simple interventions.

DESIGN: prospective study.

SETTINGS: stroke rehabilitation unit in a Belfast teaching hospital.

SUBJECTS: 77 consecutive patients admitted for rehabilitation after acute stroke. Methods: full optometric and ophthalmic assessment within 2 weeks of admission.

RESULTS: of 70 patients with glasses, 19 did not have their glasses in hospital before prompting and 18 had glasses in unacceptable condition. Twenty patients had impaired visual acuity (6/12 or worse) with existing glasses (if helpful); 11 of these improved to better than 6/12 with refractive correction.

CONCLUSIONS: stroke professionals need to enquire about patients' spectacles and assess their condition. Patients with reduced visual acuity in the absence of significant non-refractive disease should be referred to an optometrist: in this series 14% of patients had visual impairment which benefited from refractive correction.
cerebrovascular disorders, eyeglasses, rehabilitation, vision, vision tests
0002-0729
221-222
Lotery, Andrew J.
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Wiggam, M. Ivan
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Jackson, A. Jonathan
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Refson, Kathlene
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Fullerton, Kenneth J.
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Gilmore, David H.
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Beringer, Timothy R.O.
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Refson, Kathlene
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Fullerton, Kenneth J.
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Gilmore, David H.
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Beringer, Timothy R.O.
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Lotery, Andrew J., Wiggam, M. Ivan, Jackson, A. Jonathan, Silvestri, Guiliana, Refson, Kathlene, Fullerton, Kenneth J., Gilmore, David H. and Beringer, Timothy R.O. (2000) Correctable visual impairment in stroke rehabilitation patients. Age and Ageing, 29 (3), 221-222. (doi:10.1093/ageing/29.3.221). (PMID:10855903)

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: after stroke, visual impairment may exacerbate the impact of other impairments on overall disability and negatively influence rehabilitation.

OBJECTIVE: to examine the visual status of patients after stroke and determine whether this can be improved by simple interventions.

DESIGN: prospective study.

SETTINGS: stroke rehabilitation unit in a Belfast teaching hospital.

SUBJECTS: 77 consecutive patients admitted for rehabilitation after acute stroke. Methods: full optometric and ophthalmic assessment within 2 weeks of admission.

RESULTS: of 70 patients with glasses, 19 did not have their glasses in hospital before prompting and 18 had glasses in unacceptable condition. Twenty patients had impaired visual acuity (6/12 or worse) with existing glasses (if helpful); 11 of these improved to better than 6/12 with refractive correction.

CONCLUSIONS: stroke professionals need to enquire about patients' spectacles and assess their condition. Patients with reduced visual acuity in the absence of significant non-refractive disease should be referred to an optometrist: in this series 14% of patients had visual impairment which benefited from refractive correction.

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Published date: May 2000
Keywords: cerebrovascular disorders, eyeglasses, rehabilitation, vision, vision tests
Organisations: Clinical & Experimental Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 359191
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/359191
ISSN: 0002-0729
PURE UUID: 60b618ca-670a-430f-93db-66f1fff57cc8
ORCID for Andrew J. Lotery: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5541-4305

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Date deposited: 30 Oct 2013 11:52
Last modified: 31 Jan 2019 01:36

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Author: M. Ivan Wiggam
Author: A. Jonathan Jackson
Author: Guiliana Silvestri
Author: Kathlene Refson
Author: Kenneth J. Fullerton
Author: David H. Gilmore
Author: Timothy R.O. Beringer

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