The start of the new school year is the perfect time to make sure children have the eye care they need. Good eye care is essential for children’s performance at school. This is especially true for children with learning disabilities, who are 28 times more likely to have serious sight problems.

We have worked with the National Association of Special Educational Needs (nasen) to produce a mini guide about eye care and vision for education staff working with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities.

This guide aims to:

  • Give an overview of how vision develops in children
  • Explore the higher prevalence of sight problems experienced by pupils with learning disabilities
  • Dispel some of the myths about eye care and vision
  • Share the impact on learning and development of undiagnosed sight problems
  • Suggest strategies for supporting children to wear glasses and cope with sight problems
  • Give explanations of some common eye problems
  • Explain the different eye care and vision professions and their roles
  • Provide practical solutions to ensure pupils are making the best use of the vision they have 

Download the mini guide.