SeeAbility’s Children in Focus Campaign wants specialist sight tests available in special schools in England. 

Sight is very important to a child’s learning and development, and early eye care can prevent more serious sight problems later on. 

We’ve been delivering specialist sight tests in selected special schools, a familiar and convenient place for children and parents.


The stats 

Children with learning disabilities are 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children but are often not accessing the eye care they need. In the special schools we have worked with we have found:

  • Four in ten pupils had no history of sight tests or eye care 
  • Only 7% of children had a history of going to a community optician for a sight test
  • Half of children in special schools have a problem with their vision

Our research shows that thousands of children with disabilities across the country are missing out on the eye care they need. There is no national plan to meet their eye care needs. 

We want this to change. 


Donate today

Children with disabilities have lots of potential. But every day that their sight problem goes undetected, their whole day is harder than it should be.

I want to help give a child like Lana a special sight test.


More information

Find out more in our charity position statement - Specialist sight tests for children in special schools.

You can also read our latest annual report on our sight testing work for 2017.

Children in Focus Campaign – Third-year annual review (2017)

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Join in campaigning

There’s plenty of ways you can get involved:

  • Sign up for our regular newsletter below
  • Let us know your experiences of eye care
  • Follow us on social media and help us spread the word
  • Contact your MP if you want to make them aware of the issues



For more information and support contact Donna O’Brien (Public Affairs Officer) on 01372 755 063  or email: d.o’[email protected]