Children with learning disabilities miss out on eye care

News - 04 Apr 2019

An evaluation of the eye care needs of children in special schools in England has now been published, and finds over four in ten children have never had a sight test.

A project reporting on the eye care needs of children in special schools in England has now been published in the peer reviewed international science journal PLOS ONE.  The paper reviews findings from SeeAbility’s eye examinations amongst 949 children attending 11 special schools in England and confirms the high level of visual needs in children in the special school population, with half having a problem with their vision. And despite children with learning disabilities being 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children, the research also points to over four in ten (44%) never having had a sight test.
 
In January 2019 NHS England published its long term plan with a commitment to introduce a special schools sight testing programme, bringing eye care to over 100,000 children in England’s special schools. SeeAbility has worked for four years to deliver sight tests in a number of special schools and the paper plays an important role to effect a national change in England around eye care in special schools. To read more see:
 

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