Sight Testing for Patients 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 tests made easy service’ 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 ones 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 map of practices.
Who is the service for?
The service is for people registered with a GP within Greater Manchester in one of its localities – including: Bury, Bolton, Heywood Middleton and Rochdale, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop, Trafford and Wigan.
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.
How do I book an appointment with the service?
Five Easy Steps to having an Eye Test:
- Choose your optician from the practices map
- Contact them and tell them the appointment is for a person with a learning disability
- Ask the opticians about a free NHS eye test
- Fill in SeeAbility’s ‘Telling the Optometrist about me’ form to take with you. You can download this form below or from the optician.
- Have your eye test
Click on the link below, to download Patient Form - Telling the Optometrist about me and my sight.pdfDownload Pdf
The optician will give you a report called ‘Feedback from my Optometrist’ to tell you what they found out about your eyes as your eye test. This is for you to keep safe and show to people who support you.
Appointments are can be made during normal working hours. Some opticians can do appointments in the evenings and at the weekend.
Some of the opticians can do domiciliary eye tests where people can have their eyes tested at home, school/college or at a day centre if they can’t get to an opticians because of physical mental illness or disabilities.
See below link to find your local optician.
Your local learning disability team can help find an optician if you need support.
Click on the link below, to download Patient Information Leaflet for People with a Learning Disability - Eye Tests made Easy.pdfDownload Pdf
Click on the link below, to download Optical practices who provide the Learning Disabilities Service in Greater Manchester.pdfDownload Pdf