This pathway and referral process has been developed to meet the needs of those with vision changes post-stroke. Visual problems that go undetected can interfere with a person’s rehabilitation, cause difficulties in their daily activities and increase their risk of falls.
Visual changes post-stroke
Changes in vision frequently occur following a stroke. These may take the form of low vision, change in eye movement, visual field impairment and /or perceptual deficits. They can be distressing and delay rehabilitation and it is important that vision assessment is carried out promptly.
SIGN 118 Management of patients with stroke
states that ‘All stroke patients should be screened for visual problems and referred appropriately'.
BEST Practice Statement for Vision