SeeAbility has a database of optometrists who have shared information on how they work with people with learning disabilities. You can use the database to look for an optometrist in your area. Just search your town or postcode and you will be given several options in your area.

Some parts of the country have specialist sight testing services for people with learning disabilities. You can look for these services on our database or find out more information on our page.

Making the appointment easier

It is good to think about how to make the appointment easier for the person. When booking the appointment say it is for a person with learning disabilities. This will give the optometry service a chance to offer further support. Try to plan the appointment at a time of day that is best for the person.

Our easy read factsheet will tell you what should happen at your eye test and what to do if you are not happy with your eye test:

Easy read download If things go wrong


The support provided by the carer or family member is equally important. Ensure that the person is accompanied on the day by someone who knows them well.

The carer or family member is often the communication link between the optometrist and the person with learning disabilities. With good support and information, the optometrist will be able to achieve much during the eye test.

If necessary, check that the optometrist’s practice is accessible for wheelchair users.