How to be eye care aware (easy read)

Eye care essentials for people with learning disabilities.

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People with learning disabilities are more likely to have eye sight problems than other people.

An eye test

Eye tests are the best way of making sure your eyes are okay.

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Lots of people with learning disabilities are not having the eye tests they need.

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Talk to your supporter if you need more help.

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Have an eye test every 2 years or more often if the optician tells you to.

A form

Use the ‘Telling The Optometrist About Me’ form.

Optometrist is another word for optician, the person who tests your eyes.


Ask the optician about help with the cost of the eye test and glasses.

A vision test

Ask the optician to explain every part of the eye test.

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The optician can make reasonable adjustments to help you.

For example, using pictures instead of letters in the eye test.


You can still have an eye test and have glasses even if you can’t name letters or pictures.

A form

Ask the optician to talk about the results of your eye test and fill in the ‘Feedback From My Optometrist’ form.

Choosing glasses

If you need glasses, ask the optician to help you choose the right glasses for you.

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Make sure the glasses fit and feel good on your face.


Know when to wear your glasses.

An eye test

If your eyesight gets worse go and see the optician.

Hospital staff

Some people get help from the hospital about their eyes.