Eye tests for People with Learning Disabilities


Eye tests for People with Learning Disabilities

About eye care
  • Children and adults with learning disabilities are much more likely to have a serious sight problem than other.
  • People with learning disabilities may not know they have a problem with their vision and find it hard to tell others.
  • Many carers and supporters may think that the people they support can see perfectly well yet half of people will need to wear glasses.
  • Everyone should have regular eye care and no one is too disabled to have an eye test.
  • Some people will need more time and reasonable adjustments to have an eye test.

About the service

The free NHS-funded 'Eye tests made easy service' is for people who will find it hard to have a standard eye test and has these adjustments: 

  • The option to visit the opticians before the eye test for people who need to
  • A longer appointment, or a few short ones so people have the time they need
  • Trained opticians who know how to test and communicate with people
  • An easy read form to fill in to tell the optician important information
  • An easy read report after the eye test to explain what was found to take home

Only people who have been trained can do this service and are on the map of practices Find a Practice.

Who is the service for?

The service is for people who are registered with a GP within Greater Manchester in one of these areas: Bury, Bolton, Heywood Middleton and Rochdale, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop, Trafford and Wigan.

This service is for children and adults who are known by their GP or local learning disability team as having a moderate to severe learning disability.

How to book an eye test?


  • Choose your optician from the practices map

Link to Map

  • Contact them and tell them the appointment is for a person with a learning disability
  • Ask the opticians about an eye test at home or in a day centre if needed
  • Fill in SeeAbility’s ‘Telling the Optometrist about me’ form to take with you. You can download this form below or get it from the optician.
  • Have your eye test and take your eye test report home.



    Click on the link below, to download Patient Form - Telling the Optometrist about me and my sight.pdf

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    Click on the link below, to download Patient Information Leaflet for People with a Learning Disability - Eye Tests made Easy.pdf

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Click on the link below, to download Optical practices who provide the Learning Disabilities Service in Greater Manchester.pdf



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