VERU's in-depth research has highlighted aspects of everyday living which present problems to those with visual impairment and factors which exacerbate these difficulties. Now identified, these factors can be addressed in a number of ways.
The research has benefited both the low vision community and health/social services planners by highlighting the factors that affect independence, safety and wellbeing, as well as increasing independent living among the visually impaired. The development of new strategies which we have pursued during our research to help the visually impaired is being tested by the local and wider community in collaboration with the NHS and Cam Sight.
The identification of parameters that cause difficulties in patients with visual impairment and factors which exacerbate these difficulties led to new and refined rehabilitation protocols. Direct involvement with rehabilitation workers in Cam Sight facilitated improved patient care as a result of modified protocols for rehabilitation. It also identified a further need to train healthcare/support professionals to identify and manage depression in visually impaired patients and to evaluate the effectiveness of local emotional support services to the visually impaired.
The improved rehabilitation strategy that has been adopted by care workers in Cam Sight for the visually impaired has: