People with learning disabilities need good support to help them get the most from their sight test.

Our easy read factsheet will help:

Easy read download Having an eye test

'Making Eye Tests Easier' is a new factsheet that gives lots of useful information on how to adapt eye tests and meet the needs of people with learning disabilities and autism.  This factsheet aims to provide ideas, hints and tips for parents, carers and supporters to enable a positive, successful eye test experience.

Download Making eye tests easier

It is important for carers to know the person being tested and what parts of the test they are able to do well. Are there parts of the eye test that may make the person anxious, such as somebody working close up to the person’s face?

Please watch the film below of people talking about their experiences of going for an eye test:


It can be useful to prepare people for some of the tests they may find difficult or uncomfortable, for example:

  • Practice matching or signing pictures like the ones on the Kay Pictures website
  • Practice shining a small torch with a ‘soft light’ in the person’s eye to get them used to someone being up close and having a light shone in their eyes
  • Practice having one eye covered to check what each eye can see
  • Practice following a torch light, looking ahead at objects

Optometrists need to be given information about the person to help them tailor the eye test accordingly. This can be done by filling in our easy read form and giving it to the optometrist either before or at the eye test.

Easy read download Telling the optometrist about me

It is important that someone takes their current glasses to the appointment for the optometrist to see. Letters from previous eye tests or hospital eye appointments will also be really helpful.

If someone wears a hearing aid, they should take this to along their eye test. This will help the optician to make sure that the glasses are comfortable when the hearing aid is also worn.

Using our forms

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/improving eye care services for people with a learning disability, then please contact Steve Kill (National Manager - Eye Care and Vision) on Phone number 07738 040 307 or email: Email address [email protected]