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Vison: How to Protect Your Eyes

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Introduction to the Course

This course assesses the importance of maintaining good vision into old age.
The negative effect of poor vision on function and quality of life is discussed;
alongside examination of the main eye complaints experienced by elders.
Lifestyle causes for these main eye conditions are identified, alongside
suggestions of lifestyle changes that can prolong good visual health.

Course Audience

The audience for this course is people caring for elders. This includes family involved
in the care of a loved one, and those employed in the care industry working in
residential or day-care facilities. Members of the general public interested in caring
for their own health whilst aging are also a potential audience.

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Learning Objectives

Lesson 1 – What happens to vision as we age?

This lesson provides a brief insight into the course content, and an introduction to the
potential functional effects of poor eyesight on elders.
On completion of this lesson the learner will:

  • Understand the general themes of the course content, and why it is
    important to maintain the eye health of the elders in their care.

Lesson 2 – What are the Big Four Vision Problems?

This lesson informs learners of the main vision problems in elders.

On completion of this lesson learners will:

  • Be able to list the four main vision problems experienced by elders.

Lesson 3 – A word on Macular Degeneration

This lesson examines macular degeneration, its types, clinical features and
common symptoms, alongside the fear that it can prompt in elders with this
diagnosis. Lifestyle causes are discussed, alongside actions to take to reduce
the risk of developing symptoms of macular degeneration.

On completion of this lesson the learner will:

  • Understand the risk factors, clinical features and symptoms of
    macular degeneration, and lifestyle changes that can minimize the
    risk of occurrence.

Lesson 4 – How to Preserve Vision in Dry Macular Degeneration

This lesson summarises the treatments and lifestyle changes that can
minimise the effects of dry macular degeneration.

On completion of this lesson the learner will:

  • 1. Understand the impact of lifestyle changes and effective treatments
    on patients with macular degeneration.

Lesson 5 – A Word on Glaucoma

This lesson summarises the types, clinical features and treatments for
glaucoma. Acute glaucoma as a medical emergency is discussed. Lifestyle
changes are suggested to reduce risk and symptoms of glaucoma.

On completion of this lesson the learner will:

  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms, and action needed for acute
    glaucoma as a medical emergency.
  • Understand the clinical features, symptoms and treatments pf
    glaucoma
  • Understand what lifestyle changes can improve symptomatic load in
    patients with glaucoma

Lesson 6 – A Word on Cataracts

This lesson summarises the clinical features and symptoms of cataracts. The
quantitive positive effects of surgery are examined. Lifestyle changes that can
reduce the risk and symptomatic load of cataracts are discussed.

On completion of this lesson the learner will:

  • Understand the clinical features, symptoms and effects on quality of
    life of cataracts
  • Understand the clinical benefits of surgery, and the positive effects
    of surgery on function and quality of life

Lesson 7 – A Word on Diabetic Retinopathy

This lesson summarises the clinical features, symptoms and treatments for
diabetic retinopathy. Its relationship with type 1 and type 2 diabetes is
examined. Disease staging is also discussed. Lifestyle changes that can be
beneficial to people with diabetic retinopathy are discussed.

On completion of this lesson the learner will:

  • Understand the clinical features and symptoms of diabetic
    retinopathy.
  • Understand the basics of disease staging and the disease
    relationship with type 1 and 2 diabetes.
  • Have awareness of how lifestyle changes can reduce risk for and
    symptoms of diabetic retinopathy

Lesson 8 – How do you Take Care of Vision

This lesson summarises key preventative steps to care for eye health
including vision tests, recommended supplements and lifestyle changes.

On completion of this lesson the learner will:

  • Understand the importance of preventative screening for long term
    eye health
  • Understand how healthy lifestyle and appropriate vitamin
    supplements can improve and maintain eye health

Lesson 9 – Is Vision Within the Scope of the Geriatrician?

This lesson discusses the geriatricians’ scope of practice when caring for
elder’s eye health. Recommendations for specialist optometry services are
made for specific eye complaints.

On completion of this lesson the learner will:

  • Understand what speciality physician input is required when
    maintaining elders’ eye health.

Summary

This course provides the learner with basic knowledge on the main conditions
that cause vision problems. On completion of the course the learner will
understand the basic clinical features of each complaint, know when to seek
urgent medical advice and what facility or speciality physician is appropriate
for different scenarios. The learner will have awareness of what kinds of
treatments are commonly used for each condition. The learner will also
understand the benefits of maintaining good physical health through lifestyle
changes, and the positive effect this has on long-term eye health.

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