We provide extraordinary support and champion better eye care for people who have learning disabilities or who are autistic, many of whom have sight loss.
People with learning disabilities are 10 times more likely to have serious sight problems. Given there are more than one million people with learning disabilities in the UK, it's really important we keep on fighting for their right to good eye care. Read more about our eye care research.
We are tackling health inequalities in eye care for people with learning disabilities in several important ways:
- Providing expert information and advice through awareness raising, peer to peer education and free downloadable resources
- Improving the lives of over 2,000 children in special schools with specialist eye tests and support with glasses
- Changing the way the eye care system works through our research and campaigns
You may not know if someone has a sight problem. There may be no obvious signs of poor eye health or even sight loss. This is why we recommend that everyone with a learning disability has a eye test every two years or more often if advised. Sight problems are so common for people with learning disabilities, you should assume that someone has a sight problem unless it's proven that they don't.
Find an optometrist
Search our database of optometrists and dispensing opticians who have shared information on their services for people with learning disabilities.
Eye care resources
Search our resources which have been created to help people with learning disabilities, families, supporters and eye care and learning disability professionals.
Save the special schools service!
Children with high support needs and severe learning disabilities are most likely to have sight problems and yet the evidence shows that they are getting no or inadequate eye care. We're campaigning for NHS England to maintain the NHS Special Schools Eye Care Service and rollout eye care across all special schools.
From a very early age, Grace has had problems with her eyes. She had surgery on her cataracts when she was less than a year old, had Charles Bonnet Syndrome in her 20s, and has glaucoma. It took Grace a while to get the eye care she needed.
If you are an eye care professional and you would like to use or adapt our forms, or want any help or advice in developing or improving eye care services for people with a learning disability, then please contact Steve Kill (National Manager - Eye Care and Vision) on 07738 040 307 or email email@example.com.
Eye Care and Vision Strategy 2021-2023
Since the inception of our public health work, SeeAbility’s Eye Care and Vision department has worked on a balance between the creation of new and more accessible services and the requirement to educate and raise awareness through our eye care messages.