JSNA guidance for eye health

JSNA guidance for eye health

Evidence shows:
  • there is a link between people on low incomes and living in deprivation and people living with sight loss, with three out of four blind or partially sighted people are living in poverty, or on its margins
  • people from the Asian population are at a higher risk of developing cataracts
  • people from the African, African Caribbean and Asian populations are at a higher risk of developing diabetic eye disease
  • there is a high prevalence rate of visual impairment amongst adults with learning disability and an estimated one in ten adults with learning disabilities is blind, or partially sighted
  • the links between sight loss and other health determinants include smoking, obesity and uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • strokes can result in visual impairment and affects 60% of stroke survivors
  • as the population ages, an increasing number of people will experience both dementia and sight loss
  • visual impairment is associated with a higher risk of suicide
  • people registered with a sight impairment are distributed unevenly across the different localities in the county (April 2013 figures):
    • 32% in central locality
    • 21% in the north
    • 23% in the south
    • 23% in the west
More details of the position in Northumberland is available by clicking here.