World Sight Day's key message this year is that everyone, everywhere should have access to good eye health.

So to mark this year’s World Sight Day, we have launched a new easy read version of “How to be eye care aware”, our eye care essentials guide for people with learning disabilities, their carers and supporters.

Ray James, NHS England National Director Learning Disability said: “The NHS is working closely with SeeAbility, expert clinicians and other agencies to offer free sight tests and make them available within the safe and familiar environment of special schools. We hope sight tests will be available in special schools across England within the next 12 months, providing good eye health services to around 100,000 children helping every child to reach their full potential.”

Lisa Hopkins, SeeAbility’s CEO says: “We support the World Sight Day message of ‘Eye Care Everywhere’ because we champion inclusive communities, where people with learning disabilities and autism have the same rights to good eye care as other people in society.”

This is vitally important for adults and children with learning disabilities as they are far more likely to have serious sight problems than other people. Six in ten adults with learning disabilities need glasses to correct their vision, yet many of them don’t know how to access the right support.

Scott Watkin BEM, Senior Learning Disabilities Advisor at SeeAbility said:

“As an adult with learning disabilities and with personal experience of a serious sight condition myself, I understand first hand the importance of good eye care. People with learning disabilities experience an alarmingly high level of sight problems and yet they are much less likely to get the eye care they need. Our easy read resources are an incredibly empowering source of information and are specially designed to explain the key messages.”