2 May 2018
SeeAbility has supported over 1,200 special school children across England, providing adjusted eye tests and collecting data. We think it’s the biggest global study actively reporting on the eye care needs of children with learning disabilities.
Of the children using the SeeAbility service over a four academic year period we have found, with the help of Dr Maggie Woodhouse’s support in analysing our data that:
• Nearly half (47.5%) had a problem with their vision.
• A third (31.7%) needed glasses.
• Over four in ten (43.7%) had no history of any eye care.
• Only 7% had ever used a community optician.
Of those children with a sight problem more than a quarter (28%) had a problem that was previously unknown to school or their parents
We are calling on NHS England to make wide reforms to community eye care for children and adults with learning disabilities and introduce adjusted eye tests in special schools. Failure to target these high-risk children with eye care they are able to access is causing unnecessary vision impairment and putting their eye sight at risk.
Full information on the SeeAbility Website
Vision UK is very happy to support this call to action and to encourage individuals, organisations, to sign up to pledge your support on eye care reforms so SeeAbility can keep ensuring NHS England know there remains real concern over lack of their action on this issue, you can do this here. https://www.seeability.org/forms/pledge-your-support