Charity bid to understand national eye care needs of people with learning disabilities

SeeAbility releases surveys to help to gain a national picture of the eye care provided to people with learning disabilities

01 Dec 2015 by Emily McCormick

National sight loss and disability charity SeeAbility has launched two surveys which aim to understand if people with learning disabilities are receiving the support required to look after their eyes.

Officially launched last Thursday (26 November), one survey is aimed at parents of children under the age of 14 with learning disabilities and the second is an easy-read version for children with learning disabilities over the age of 14.

The charity hopes that the results of the surveys will provide a national picture of the eye care experiences among people with learning disabilities.

Eye care and vision development officer for SeeAbility, Scott Watkin, said: “We want to make sure eye care services are the best they can be for people with learning disabilities. People with learning disabilities are at much greater risk of having a sight problem, but those I regularly speak to still struggle to get a sight test or glasses.”

The findings will be compiled into a report which is due to be published next spring, Mr Watkin confirmed.

To access the survey, visit the SeeAbility website.

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