Delivering an equal right to sight

See Ability, July 2016

This report examines current evidence and examples of good practice to advocate for people with learning disabilities about what is important to them in the provision of eye care and sight tests. It finds that people with learning disabilities are at high risk of developing sight problems but that support is lacking in assisting this group in accessing the services needed to prevent sight loss. The report highlights examples of projects and initiatives to improve access to eye care for those with learning disabilities.

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People with learning disabilities and eye care

Seeability, March 2016

This document is aimed at Local Eye Health Networks and Local Optical Committees and provides an overview of the sight problems and issues experienced by people with learning disabilities.

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An equal right to sight: why eye care for children with learning disabilities needs reform

SeeAbility, October 2015

This investigation by the charity SeeAbility has found that, despite good work by many eye care professionals to support children with learning disabilities, there is no failsafe system to ensure all children in this high risk group receive any regular checks on their eyesight or wear the glasses they need.  The charity is calling for a national plan to meet the eye care needs of children with learning disabilities in England. As a start, we recommend the government and the NHS properly fund specialist sight tests and glasses dispensing in all special schools.

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Eye Care Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Royal College of Ophthalmologists, September 2015

Written in collaboration with VISION 2020 UK and SeeAbility this guidance aims to provide ophthalmologists with guidance and support so as to enable them to provide insightful and quality treatment to patients with learning disabilities. The College information can also be supplemented by the General Medical Council’s interactive learning sessions regarding patients with learning disabilities on its website.

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