Date: Tue 11/08/2020 - Thu 11/08/2022
Optometrist Credits: 1.00 General Credits
Event Type(s): Online
Number: 09 929 3273
Dementia is an evolving epidemic that affects more than 400,000 people in Australia today and is projected to affect over 1,000,000 by 2050.1 It is the second leading cause of death in Australia, and the leading cause of death in women, surpassing heart disease in 2017.
Dementia is neurodegenerative with death ultimately caused by deterioration in cognitive function, leading to events such as falls and sepsis. One in ten people over 65 and three in ten over 85 years of age will have the disease. Younger onset dementia (before the age of 65) is showing increasing incidence. While age is a risk factor for dementia, it’s important to realise that dementia is not a normal part of aging.1 Managing the eye health of patients with dementia can be challenging and confronting. However, by making adjustments to the way you consult, examine and prescribe, you can improve quality of life for this growing patient group.
1. Recognise short term memory loss and cognitive decline early in an eye examination,
2. Be able to make strategic changes to testing procedures to benefit the patient,
3. Understand the side effects of dementia drugs and implications of dosage changes, particularly with comorbid presentation of diabetes, and
4. Objectively choose lens options to facilitate meaningful activity for those living with dementia.