How can eye health professionals support stroke patients? LOCSU wants your views

18 January 2013

How does your practice support the rehabilitation of stroke patients with visual impairment?  To provide evidence for this often unrecognised work, LOCSU has launched a short survey to find out how many practices routinely see stroke patients.  The results will be used to help the sector respond to the NICE consultation on a second guideline for the rehabilitation of people who have suffered a stroke.

Katrina Venerus, Managing Director, LOCSU said:
“Every year, an estimated 152,000 people in the UK people have a stroke.¹  We know that many optometrists regularly see stroke patients who require expertise in managing their visual impairment.  Unfortunately, although it is greatly valued by patients, this work is largely unnoticed by the NHS.  This consultation is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our involvement so please take the time to complete this survey.

“We will use evidence from this survey to propose to NICE that in the rehabilitation process, optical practices could provide a more cost effective route to hospitals for managing sight problems caused by strokes.  A LOCSU pathway will be developed in due course.”

Please click here to complete the LOCSU Stroke Survey by 31st January 2013. 


Notes to editors
¹ Smolina K, Nichols M, Leal J, Luengo-Fernandez R, Rayner M (2012). Coronary heart disease statistics 2012 edition. British Heart Foundation: London. P19
More statistics on numbers of people affected by stroke are available from the Stroke Association’s Statistics leaflet available at

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