Makaton is a language programme that uses signs and symbols to help people to communicate.

SeeAbility has developed some resources to help explain what happens in an eye test using Makaton signs and symbols. We believe this will help people who use Makaton to prepare for an eye test.

Watch our full video above or download our easy read factsheet:

Easy read download Understanding your eye test - Makaton users

Eye test pictures

If you would like to just watch a clip showing some Makaton signs of the pictures used in eye tests we have a separate video below. The pictures used are:

  • Apple
  • Boot
  • Car
  • Clock
  • Cup
  • Duck
  • Fish
  • House
  • Star

Useful signs for eye care staff

We have also filmed some of the signs that Makaton users may use which eye care staff may find helpful to learn to be able to communicate better with their patients:

  • Hello
  • My name is
  • Optometrist
  • Goodbye
  • Please
  • Thank you
  • Look
  • Are your eyes ok?
  • Are your glasses ok?
  • What can you see?
  • Eye test
  • Glasses
  • Hospital
  • Doctor