What you need to know about people with learning disabilities and eye care

Post date: 
Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A new online resource for Local Eye Health Networks (LEHNs) and Local Optical Committee (LOCs) aims to improve access to eye care for people with learning disabilities.

 
Research estimates that adults with learning disabilities are ten times more likely to have serious sight problems than other people. For children, the figure grows to 28 times more likely.
 
'People with learning disabilities and eye care – what every LEHN and LOCs needs to know', launched by SeeAbility and the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU), outlines how LEHNs and LOCs can improve access to eye care for people with learning disabilities in their area by:
  • Suggesting enhancements to community sight tests and targeted work in special schools for people with learning disabilities to be included in Eye Health Needs Assessments. 
  • Discussing with Commissioners about dedicated services for hard-to-reach groups.
  • Promoting the LOCSU community eye care pathway for people with learning disabilities over the age of 14.

SeeAbility and LOCSU are already working with and supporting a number of LEHNs and Clinical Commissioning Groups around the country. This will help to deliver the LEHN and England Vision Strategy ambition to improve access and detect eye conditions early in hard to reach groups.

 

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