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Shared decision-making

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Shared decision-making ensures that individuals are supported to make decisions that are right for them. It is a collaborative process through which a clinician supports a patient to reach a decision about their treatment. Further reading can be found here.


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Looking after your eyes

Having regular sight tests are an important part of a preventative health regime as they are used to detect problems with peoples eye sight, as well a number of systemic health conditions such as diabetes.

Free NHS eye tests

You’re entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:

  • are under 16
  • are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education
  • are 60 or over
  • are registered as partially sighted or blind
  • have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • are 40 or over and your mother, father, sibling or child has been diagnosed with glaucoma
  • have been advised by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) that you’re at risk of glaucoma
  • are eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optician can advise you about your entitlement
  • are a prisoner on leave from prison

To find out more information about eyecare that might be available to you on the NHS, please visit their website by clicking here.

The website of Moorfields eye hospital has additional information regarding eye conditions for both adults and children. Please click here to visit the website.

Please find below some useful links:

Local NHS Organisations

Clinical Commissioning Groups

One Devon is a collaboration of the NHS and local councils, as well as a wide range of other organisations like the voluntary sector, who are working together to improve the lives of people in Devon. Devon CCG

NHS Hospital Ophthalmic Units

Torbay Hospital

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

North Devon District Hospital

Derriford Hospital

Falls and Preventation

In the UK, one in eight people aged over 75 and one in three aged over 90 live with sight impairment. Preventing falls and promoting safe locomotion presents a particular challenge for older people with poor sight. Evidence suggests sight impairment in older people is associated with increases in the incidence of falls and hip fractures.

A study revealed that older people with eye diseases e.g. age‐related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and Fuchs corneal dystrophy, were approximately three times more likely to limit their activities because of the fear of falling. (Source report can be found by clicking here)

In this helpful video, Dr Liz Hill talks about what people can do to keep their eyes healthy.

There is a range of useful videos about how to prevent falls on this NHS webpage