This NVRI research program is committed to undertaking clinically oriented vision research, including public eye health, aimed at improving the health and well-being of the community.
Looking after older eyes
Older adults are at greater risk of developing eye conditions that threaten sight, yet only half of older adults in Australia attend for regular sight tests. Poor vision in older adults is a significant risk factor for falls, and through impact on ability to engage in daily activities and socialising, is associated with increased risk of depression and cognitive decline. Maximising eyesight for older adults with other co-morbidities such as diabetes, dementia or cardiovascular disease is therefore an important step in maintaining quality of life and independence, thus the optometrist can make an important contribution to integrated care for these conditions that is yet to be fully recognised. This program of research focuses on the role of routine eye examinations for older adults living with long term conditions.