LOCSU pathway (easy read)

Easy read fact sheet on how people with learning disabilities can get the right help for their eyes.

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What is the LOCSU pathway?

An eye test

This factsheet has been written by opticians and other people interested in eye care.

Opticians test your eyes. They are also called optometrists.

We call them opticians in this factsheet.

LOCSU logo

LOCSU is the Local Optical Committee Support Unit.

This group helps opticians in England.

An eye

A pathway is a word to describe what needs to happen for people to get the support they need.

The LOCSU pathway is about what needs to happen for people to get good eye care.

What does the LOCSU pathway do?

A calendar

The pathway says that everyone should have an eye test every two years.

An eye

An eye test helps someone to have healthy eyes and to see well.

An eye test

The pathway will help people with learning disabilities to get good eye care.

Why do we need the pathway?

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Adults with learning disabilities are 10 times more likely to have serious sight problems than other people.

A wheelchair user.

People with very high support needs are most likely to have sight problems.

Four people on a sofa

Supporters, carers and teachers often think that people can see very well.

Hands up

Regular eye tests and wearing glasses helps people stay healthy and get the most from life.


People may find the eye test hard if they don’t know what is going to happen.

A conversation

Communication can be difficult in eye tests for people with learning disabilities.

A vision test

People have the right to have reasonable adjustments in place like using pictures instead of letters.

How does the pathway work?

An optician

There will be a list of opticians who are part of the pathway.


Choose which optician to visit.

If you cannot go to the optician, you can have an eye test at home.

A form

Fill in SeeAbility’s “Telling the optometrist about me” form.

This information will help the optician and help you to prepare for your visit to the optician.

A vision test

Have your eye test.

The optician can do the eye test in different ways.


You might need glasses to help you see better.


You might need to pay some money for your glasses.

A form

The optician will give you your “Feedback from the optometrist” form.

This is the results of your eye test.

Hospital staff

If you have an eye problem the optician can arrange for you to see an eye doctor at the hospital.

A calendar

The optician will tell you when to come back for your next eye test.

A diary

Remember to put the date in your diary.

How does the pathway help?

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The opticians are trained to work with people with learning disabilities.

A vision test

The opticians are trained to work with people with learning disabilities.

A form

Using SeeAbility’s “Telling the optometrist about me” form helps you to prepare for your visit.

A clock

You will be able to have a longer appointment.

An optician

The optician will be paid more money for your appointment.

A form

Using SeeAbility’s “Feedback from the optometrist” form will help you to understand the results of your eye test.

How to set up the pathway in your area


Any local area can set up the eye care pathway.

It costs money to set up the pathway.

Clinical Commissioning Group

To set up a pathway you can contact your local Clinical Commissioning Group.

This group is also called a CCG.


Clinical Commissioning Groups choose what local services to have.

A committee

You can also contact your Local Optical Committee (LOC).

This is a group of opticians that meet in your local area.


You can ask your LOC about having the pathway in your area.

You can tell them what you think about eye tests in your area.


For more information view our eye care section.