Patients & Carers

What is the ‘eye test service for patients with learning disabilities’?

All people with learning disabilities should have regular eye care. No one is too disabled to have an eye test, but some people will need more time and reasonable adjustments.

This is a free - NHS funded service for patients with a learning disability.

It is for people who find it hard to have a standard eye test and the service 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 appointments to meet indivual requirements
    • • 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

Only opticians who have been trained can provide this service.

Who is the service for?

The service is for people registered with a GP within Cheshire & Merseyside.

This service is for people age 14 years old and above who are known by their GP or local learning disability team as having a mild, moderate to severe learning disability.

How do I book an appointment with the service?

    Five Easy Steps to having an Eye Test:
  1. Choose your optician from the practices map or list below.
  2. Contact them and tell them the appointment is for a person with a learning disability.
  3. Ask the opticians about a free NHS eye test.
  4. Fill in the ‘Telling the Optometrist about me’ form to take with you. You can download this form please click here or obtain from the optician.
  5. Have your eye test.

The optician will give you a report called ‘Feedback from my Optometrist’ to tell you what they found out about your eyes at your eye test. This is for you to keep safe and show to people who support you. Appointments can be made during normal working hours. Some opticians can offer appointments in the evenings and at the weekend.

Some of the opticians can provide eye tests at home, school/college or at a day centre if the patient cannot get to an optician because of physical mental illness or disabilities.

Find an Optician?

Find opticians who offer this service.