Many people with learning disabilities may not be able to tell others if they have concerns about their vision.

Our easy to use Functional Vision Assessment (FVA) tool is suitable for use by carers, supporters and learning disability professionals. It can be completed by someone who knows the person with learning disabilities well.

The observations made from the FVA should be shared at someone’s next eye appointment to help the person get the best support.

You may wish to watch our short films to help you carry out the assessment. 

 

FVA tool

You can print this off in full or just print the pages you need, or download the Microsoft Word version.

FVA videos

You can watch the full FVA film in the banner above, or choose particular sections to watch below.

Introduction to the FVA film



Observing if someone may be having problems with their central vision (two films)






Observing if someone may be having problems with their peripheral vision (two films)






Observing if someone may be very sensitive to light
 



Observing if someone cannot see colours or colour contrast very well (two films)





Observing if someone may have poor vision in one eye only (known as monocular vision)



 
How to summarise a FVA and how to use this information


 

Useful links

The summary of the FVA should be shared at someone’s next eye appointment. You can also use our easy read form to gather information to give to the optometrist.

  Telling the optometrist about me

Or use our easy read factsheet to help someone with learning disabilities to prepare for an eye test:

  Having an eye test

Search our optometrist database to look for optometry services near you.