Spotting the signs of sight loss

RNIB Scotland establishes training pack to educate people with learning disabilities about sight loss and eye health

Sight test

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Scotland has developed a training pack to help adults with learning disabilities understand the importance of eye health.

The pack, entitled Healthy Eyes, has been designed to help people with possible signs of sight loss and explains what to do if they think their sight is getting worse or that they have a problem with their eyes.

It is supported by Scottish Government and developed in partnership between the RNIB Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Caledonian University and the Good Life Group.

UK training and development officer at the RNIB Scotland, Linzi Sansum, said: “The Healthy Eyes pack aims to help increase the individual’s confidence when attending an eye examination and be aware of what is good and bad for eye health.”

The RNIB Scotland explained that pack can be used within a group setting for adults with learning disabilities. It will be available on a USB, which includes a guide for the trainer and video clips of scenes acted by The Good Life Group of adults with learning disabilities.

Speaking about the pack, Ms Sansum said that she hoped it offer new and exciting for adults with learning disabilities to learn more about sight loss themselves and to raise awareness of ‘hidden’ sight loss.

“We hope that the training pack will increase awareness of signs of sight loss,” she added.