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Learning Disability or Autism?
Regular sight tests are important. The Easy Eye Care sight test is designed to make it easier for people with additional needs to get the help they need. Contact your opticians or call us for support.
Local opticians offer specially adapted eye tests and eye health check appointments across the County Durham area for people with learning disabilities – it’s called the Easy Eye Care Service and it is available throughout the week and from some locations at weekends and evenings.
To be eligible for the service, all you need is to be known to your GP or local disability team.
Adults and children with learning disabilities are much more likely to have problems with their vision than the general population. However, they are less likely to recognise that they have a sight problem and to tell others about it in order to get tests and help to see better.
Regular sight tests are important to make sure you can see as well as possible so you can continue to do all the things you need and want to do. The NHS recommends everyone is tested every two years – or more frequently if their eye health requires.
The Easy Eye Care service is different from the standard eye health check ups and is carefully designed to make it easier for people with additional needs to get the help they require.
Our Easy Eye Care service recognises that children and adults with learning disabilities may need adjustments to make having an eye test more comfortable and successful. These include:
You can access our Easy Eye Care services in a number of ways, including:
Everyone should have regular eye tests, and no one is too disabled to have a test. You do not have to be able to read or talk to have an eye check.