Sight assessment

Many people who have a stroke have visual problems as a result; for example, defects in their field of vision, double vision (diplopiaDouble vision.), or eye movement disorders. Other conditions that increase the risk of a stroke, for example, diabetes mellitusDisordered energy metabolism and high levels of glucose in the blood owing to a lack of insulin, or poor response of the body to insulin. and high bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. pressure, can also be associated with visual problems.[1]

Visual problems can interfere with the activities of daily life, increase the risk of falls and impair the rehabilitationThe treatment of a person with an illness or disability to improve their function and health. process. Fortunately, however, many of these visual problems can be corrected. Because of this, evaluating a person's vision is an important aspect of care after a stroke.[1]

  1. Jones SA and Shinton RA. Improving outcome in stroke patients with visual problems. Age and Ageing 2006; 35: 560-5.