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 sight tests 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 tests made easy service’ is for people who will find it hard to have a standard eye test.
This service is for anyone aged 14 or older who has a mild, moderate or severe learning disability, as well as being registered with a Wirral GP.
It is for people who find it hard to have a standard eye test and the service 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 to meet individual requirements
- 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
Our opticians are accredited to provide this service.