An optometrist has become the first in Leeds to be accredited as Dementia Friendly.
Raymond White, who has a practice in Chapel Allerton, has been approved by the Dementia Action Alliance Group for his work with clients with dementia.
He said he was delighted and also paid tribute to his colleagues: “I feel very proud but I feel more proud that I am part of a team.
“Over half of my professional life has been going to visit people in nursing homes and also individuals in their own homes.”
Mr White, who qualified in 1979, said he had noticed a shift in demand and that up to 60 per cent of his work was now out in the community.
He has undergone specialist training for his work with dementia patients, and is to start giving talks to groups and Dementia Cafes.
“The biggest problem you have got is the ability for people to be able to communicate and say what they feel,” he said.
“My challenge is not always testing their eyes, it’s producing a pair of glasses and encouraging them to wear them.
“My job is to improve their lives and if I can allow them to see a book or see the TV, I’ve done my job.”
Mr White has also been previously recognised for his care for older people, as he was named Optician of the Year in the YEP’s Best of Health Awards 2013.
He received numerous nominations, many from staff at nursing homes, which praised him for the patience and respect he showed to residents.
The optometrist said he had been delighted to receive the honour, especially as an independent practitioner.
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