Effect of poverty on eye health and implications for nursing practice

Williamson, Swapna Naskar, Seewoodhary, Mahesh and Dampies, Lavona (2016) Effect of poverty on eye health and implications for nursing practice. Nursing Standard, 30 (50). pp. 42-51.

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Poverty is an increasingly global issue that affects the health and quality of life of many people. It predisposes to many health conditions, including sight loss or blindness as a result of the immune system becoming compromised. Blindness is common in areas of the world where there is extreme poverty. In the UK, poverty has become a major social issue, contributing to many health problems, including eye conditions. If not managed effectively, these conditions may result in sight loss. It is important for healthcare professionals to include psychosocial care as part of patient care, since poverty and sight loss are interrelated. Blindness caused by poverty is largely preventable, and health promotion has been recognised as an essential strategy in care management. Preventing blindness is one of the central aims of the Vision 2020: The Right to Sight strategy. Healthcare practitioners have an important role in the management and prevention of blindness.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article explores the multidimensional effects on health and wellbeing of people particularly on eye health. Physical and visual health are essential to maintain quality of life at all ages. An understanding of the link between poverty and eye conditions is important so that measures can be implemented to prevent blindness. Poverty is considered as a threat to sight loss and the collaborative efforts by the multidisciplinary team is essential in eliminating world blindness with emphasis on health promotion and patient empowerment.
Uncontrolled Keywords: poverty, eye health, health promotion, self-management, nursing implications
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Swapna Williamson
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 14:06
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 13:06
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2755

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