25 October 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland
Butchart, Maggie & Colahan, Craig. (2019). Retrospective chart review of spectacle prescription prevalence in adults with learning disabilities in Scotland. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 32. 10.1111/jar.12588.
Evidence suggests that people with learning disabilities are less likely to
have an up‐to‐date eye examination as sight loss is characteristically underdiagnosed
in people with complex needs.
A retrospective study of records from 576 Service Users of RNIB UK Vision,
learning disability and Complex Needs Services was carried out.
The record review found a higher prevalence of spectacle prescription in a
learning disability (LD) population in agreement with findings from other LD studies.
There was a higher prevalence of severe myopia in people with LD compared with a
general adult population.
This study found a higher prevalence of spectacle prescription in people
with learning disabilities compared to a general adult population, which has implications
for people with learning disabilities to ensure that they have access to eye care
and regularly attended eye tests. It also has implications for healthcare professionals
working with people with complex needs to ensure they have access to eye care.