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 2019 – A Change in Sight
Since 2013 SeeAbility has been delivering specialist sight tests in a number of special schools. This report looks back on our last six years of work and celebrates the NHS's pledge to introduce sight tests in special schools from 2020 onwards.

 Full report

 Easy read version

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
Large print report
Easy read report

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 [email protected] for past annual reports on our Special Schools Eye Testing work.

Findings from an opt-in eye examination service in English special schools. Is vision screening effective for this population?
We're pleased to have our findings published in the international peer-reviewed journal PLOS One reporting on SeeAbility's work with 949 children in special schools. Click here to read more

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



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.


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 UK - Quality Standards for Services for Patients with Learning Disabilities
The College of Optometrists and Vision 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.