What areas have local eye testing services for people with learning disabilities?

There are six areas of the country where SeeAbility has worked with local eye care services and the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) to improve access for people with moderate and severe learning disabilities. These areas now offer 'pathways', which means longer appointments through trained opticians, who are able to test people who find it hard to talk and will use easy read information.

Greater Manchester - The new “Eye Tests Made Easy” service

Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, and North Durham

London Borough of Sutton 

London Borough of Bexley

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham - "Bridge to Vision" project

Cheshire and Merseyside

 

Let people know

Eye tests are important and, with the right support, possible for everyone.

Some of these ‘pathways’ are fairly new and are keen to make sure they are reaching out to as many people with learning disabilities as possible.

If you know someone who has not had a sight test recently, or you have concerns about their vision, and they would struggle to have a regular sight test, why not find out more?

 

More information

If you have any difficulty finding more out about these services from these links, contact Stephen Kill (National Manager - Eye Care and Vision) on 07738 040 307 or email: [email protected]

You can also find more about the how this pathway works here.

And here is an   easy read factsheet about local eye care pathways.