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.

Click here to view the report.

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.

Click here to read the full report.

VISION 2020 UK Dementia and Sight Loss Group: Eye examinations for people with dementia Factsheet

Vision 2020, November 2014

This factsheet provides information on eye examinations for people with dementia. It will be useful for people with dementia, their families, carers and professionals. There is also a factsheet about the issues people with dementia may have about wearing glasses which you may also find useful.

Click here for further information and to download the factsheets.