NRCI awarded funding to study ocular conditions in Irish nursing home residents


Researchers will also explore nutrition, particularly carotenoid levels, as determinants for diseases such as Age-related macular degeneration

Scientists from Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI), School of Health Science, at South East Technological University (SETU) Waterford have been awarded funding to investigate the prevalence of ocular pathologies and visual impairment in elderly residents of nursing homes in Ireland.

Difficulty accessing medical services like eyecare

According to the World Health Organisation, cataract and refractive errors are the prevailing causes of avoidable blindness, with the vast majority of individuals over fifty years of age. Technological advancements and improved living standards have yielded longer life expectancy, particularly in developed countries, like the Republic of Ireland. Nursing homes in Ireland play a crucial role in providing care to this ageing population. However, reports suggest residents in nursing homes experience difficulties accessing specific medical services, in particular eyecare.

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