Research

EAST LONDON’S HOMELESS: A RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF AN EYE CLINIC FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE 

Authors: Penny J. D’ath, Laura J. Keywood, Elaine C. Styles and Clare M. Wilson

Background

There is very little published work on the visual needs of homeless people. This paper is the first study to investigate the visual needs of homeless people in the UK. Although similar work has been done in other countries, this study is unique because the United Kingdom is the only country with a National Health Service which provides free healthcare at the point of access. This study analysed the refractive status of the sample used, determined the demographics of homeless people seeking eye care and established if there is a need for community eye health with access to free spectacle correction in East London.

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THE STATE OF OCULAR HEALTH AMONG LONDON’S HOMELESS POPULATION

Author: N. Sawers

Background

To investigate the demographics, visual impairment, and diagnoses of patients presenting to Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP), Crisis clinics for London’s under-researched homeless population. Two hundred eighty-three patients records, including data on sociodemographic, diabetic status, visual acuity, and ocular examination, via a comprehensive eye test were reviewed from the VCHP clinics held at 10 London ‘Crisis at Christmas’ centres in 2014.

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