Every year, around 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That’s one person every five minutes. Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK.

There are a range of longer-term problems that a stroke survivor may continue to face after they have left hospital. These include:

  • physical pain
  • weakness or paralysis, usually on one side of their body (hemiplegia)
  • poor balance
  • difficulty swallowing
  • tiredness or difficulty sleeping
  • problems understanding other people or struggling to find words (aphasia)
  • difficulty with speaking, reading or writing
  • eyesight problems, which can cause clumsiness or seemingly odd behaviour
  • difficulty with mental processes, including memory loss and an inability to concentrate or make decisions
  • bladder and bowel problems
  • emotional problems, such as depression, anger, anxiety, sadness and lack of confidence
  • feeling too much or too little sensation (for example becoming sensitive to colour or light or not feeling pain from heat or sharp objects).

Find out more about stroke in general from The Stroke Association.

For more specific information on the possible effects of stroke on vision, please visit our Vision problems after stroke page.

Other useful information

Visual inattention - Visual Inattentionleaflet.pdf

Essential tools for orthoptists

Stroke care pathway  Stroke BIOS Care pathway May2013.pdf
Stroke referral form STROKE SIG BIOS_stroke_neuro_screening_form_Nov_20121.pdf

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