Patients with Learning Disabilities
Eye Care for People with Learning Disabilities
Young people and adults with learning disabilities are 10 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than others. People with learning disabilities may not know they have a problem with their vision and may find it hard to tell others. Many carers and supporters may think that the people they support can see perfectly well yet 6 in 10 people will need to wear glasses.
All people with learning disabilities should have regular eye care and no one is too disabled to have an eye test, but some people will need more time and reasonable adjustments.
The free NHS-funded ‘Eye Care for People with Learning Disability’ is for people who will find it hard to have a standard eye test and has these adjustments:
• The option to visit the opticians before the eye test for people who need to
• A longer appointment or a few short appointments so people have the time they need
• Trained opticians who know how to test and communicate with people
• An easy read form to fill in to tell the optician important information
• An easy read report after the eye test to explain what was found
Only people who have been trained can provide this service and are on the list below.
Who is the service for?
The service is for people registered with a GP within Bexley. This service is for people age 14 years old or above who are known by their GP or local learning disability team as having a moderate to severe learning disability and who have a Personal Health Plan/Profile (Black Book).
How do I book an appointment with the service?
Five Easy Steps to having an Eye Test:
1. Choose your optician from the list below
2. Contact them and tell them the appointment is for a person with a learning disability
3. Ask the opticians about a free NHS eye test
4. Fill in SeeAbility’s ‘Telling the Optometrist about Me’ form to take with you. You can download this form by clicking here or request it from the optician.
5. Have your eye test
The optician will fill in your PHP book to tell you what they found out about your eyes as your eye test. They will also let your doctor know the outcome of the appointment.
Appointments are can be made during normal working hours. Some opticians can do appointments in the evenings and at the weekend.
259 Bexley Road, Northumberland Heath, Erith, Kent, DA8 3EX
Tel: 01322 359507
120 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7DQ
Tel: 020 8303 4014