Over the last decade, SeeAbility has been working to improve eye care for people with learning disabilities in England. We have been campaigning for national change so that adults and children with learning disabilities receive a more inclusive system of eye care.

The recent reports and documents below provide a more detailed look at our work.

 

Reports and evidence produced by SeeAbility

Children in Focus campaign – a clear call to action (2018)
Since 2013 SeeAbility has been delivering specialist sight tests in a number of special schools. This report shows the latest findings and looks back at the last four years of sight testing.

Full report


Delivering an equal right to sight (2016)
People with learning disabilities experience an alarmingly high level of sight problems and yet they are much less likely to get the eye care they need. In this report, we showcase some of the great work that is happening.

Full report
Summary
Large print report
Easy read report


Children in Focus Campaign - An equal right to sight (2015)
This campaign report details why eye care for children with learning disabilities needs reform. 

Full report

Lana during a sight test


Learning disabilities eye care pathway – Tri-Borough London pilot (2015)
This report details the results of a pilot eye care pathway for adults with learning disabilities across a Tri-Borough area in London and finds a high level of eye care needs amongst adults tested.

Full report

 

Prevalence of visual impairment research

The Estimated Prevalence of Visual Impairment among People with Learning Disabilities in the UK (2011). Eric Emerson and Janet Robertson. Improving Health and Lives Learning Disabilities Observatory. Funded by SeeAbility and RNIB.

Full report

 

Special schools research

Please contact SeeAbility for past copies of our annual reports.

Framework for the provision of eye care in special schools in England
Recommendations by a task and finish group of clinical representative bodies and SeeAbility on the protocols for testing children in special schools.

 Full framework


A Clear Vision – Eye care for children and young people in special schools in Wales (2012) 
A report which looks at the findings of sight tests in five special schools in Wales.

 Full report

 

Planning and improving local eye care - other reports and recommendations

LOCSU Community eye care pathway for young people and adults with a learning disability
Information to support the commissioning of a pathway.

Full report
Easy read document


People with learning disabilities and eye care - What every Local Eye Health Network and Local Optical Committee needs to know

Factsheet

  

Recommendations for professionals

Vision and people with learning disabilities - Guidance for GPs
Recommendations for GPs from SeeAbility, Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Royal College of GPs.

Factsheet


Making reasonable adjustments to eye care services for people with learning disabilities
Report by the Improving Health and Lives Learning Disabilities Observatory, with support from SeeAbility.

Full report


Vision 2020 - Quality Standards for Services for Patients with Learning Disabilities
The College of Optometrists and VISION 2020 UK Learning Disability Committee has produced a self-assessment tool to support the provision of services for people with learning disabilities within community optometry.


The Royal College of Ophthalmologists - Eye Care for Adults with Learning Disabilities
Guidance for ophthalmic services.