Good eyesight enables people to learn, communicate and feel more confident.

Yet there is a huge gap between the eye care needs of people with learning disabilities and the support available.

There are over a million adults with learning disabilities in the UK and one in ten has a serious sight problem. Our research suggests that as many as half may not have had a recent sight test.

Even more shocking, SeeAbility’s research suggests that four out of every ten pupils in special schools have never had a sight test, even though children with learning disabilities are 28 times more likely to have serious sight problems than other children.

In 2013 we started sight testing and dispensing glasses to children in a number of special schools as part of one of the largest global research projects. We want to see this become a national programme for every child in special school in England.

We’re working to change this.

Find out more about our eye care work and resources