Abigail having an eye test

Abigail's story

16-year-old Abigail spent ten years where school was nothing but a blurred world, all she needed was a simple pair of glasses.

At the age of six, she had a hospital eye clinic appointment but her mum was advised it wasn’t worth giving Abigail glasses because she is autistic.

A blurred education

Children who are autistic are less likely to be able to tell someone they have a problem with their eyes.

When SeeAbility gave Abigail an eye test at her special school in east London, they found she had a very high prescription of -8.00D. It meant that Abigail hadn’t seen clearly for her entire education.

The charity gave her a new pair of glasses with a stronger frame and regularly checks that they are comfortable and being worn.

Abigail getting an eye test

"If I’d have known how strong Abigail’s prescription was when we went to the eye clinic I’d have challenged her not needing a pair of glasses. I strongly feel that Abigail would have benefited from an early introduction to glasses. Every child with learning disabilities should have access to eye tests and glasses so they can get the education they deserve."

- Abigail's mum