SeeAbility has been named charity partner of 100% Optical 2019, which takes place at London's ExCeL this weekend (12–14 January).
During the show, SeeAbility, will be on-hand to offer expert advice on how optical practices can make themselves accessible and how to best support patients with learning disabilities.
Delegates visiting SeeAbility’s stand (B65) during the show will be able to learn about the charity’s new searchable database for accessible optometrists, as well as pick up guides and accessible resources for patients.
SeeAbility works with partners to ensure that the eyesight needs of children with learning disabilities and autism are met, an area that the NHS long-term plan highlighted and pledged to invest in when it was published earlier this week.
SeeAbility’s CEO, Lisa Hopkins, said: “Our research clearly shows that thousands of children with learning disabilities are not getting the basic eye care they need and which they have a right to access. Many are living life in a total blur, unable to see clearly for want of a simple pair of glasses. We’re delighted with the pledge to support the eye care of children in special schools and we look forward to working in partnership with individuals and companies across the eye care sector to deliver this and other exciting programmes.”
SeeAbility will run a CET-accredited lecture entitled Eye care for people with learning disabilities on the Sunday (13 January) in the Future Practice Hub at 5–6pm.
A Rockaoke evening will be held in support of the charity at the Fox pub at the ExCeL on the opening evening of the show (12 January) from 9pm.