The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Vision 2020 UK Dementia and Sight Loss Interest Group Committee have released their quality standard for patients with dementia and sight loss. It is based upon seven quality statements, intended to help ophthalmology departments and eye clinics to assess and improve their services. This quality standard proposes that people with sight loss and dementia should:
- Receive care from healthcare professionals appropriately trained in sight loss and dementia. (Quality Statement 1).
- Receive accessible information and the support they (or their carers) require to participate in decisions about their care. (Quality Statement 2).
- Be enabled to attend ophthalmology appointments safely and effectively. (Quality Statement 3).
- Have a shorter wait in clinic and a longer appointment. (Quality Statement 4).
- Receive accessible information about vision and eye health. (Quality Statement 5).
- If / when unable to perform a standard vision test, receive a functional vision assessment. (Quality Statement 6).
- Be referred to local support services via agreed pathways. (Quality Statement 7).
Ophthalmic Services Guidance. Quality standard for people with sight loss and dementia in an ophthalmology department. December 2015. London: Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Vision 2020 UK Dementia and Sight Loss Interest Group Committee, January 21st 2016.