Understanding Eye Care for Adults with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism Survey
Regular eye tests, or sight tests, are the best way to ensure your eyes are healthy and make the best use of your eyesight. Eye tests can monitor any changes in how well your eyes can see, confirm if you need glasses and/or contact lenses, and monitor eye conditions or diseases.
Wessex Voices is working with NHS England Wessex (South) and SeeAbility to understand how eye care and eye tests can be improved for people with learning disabilities and/or autism in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
What is the survey about?
In our new survey, we want to know what are the problems and how can accessibility be improved? Questions in the survey will ask about the experiences of:
- Eye tests (also called sight tests)
- Having your glasses or contact lenses fitted
- Taking care of your glasses or contact lenses
- If you don't go to eye tests, what could be improved to help you go?
We want to hear from adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, people with complex needs, and their carers/supporters.
The survey will be available online (including Easy Read) and hard copies with reply paid envelopes (including Easy Read). We are also doing face to face interviews with individuals, as well as speaking at group forums and meetings. Get in touch with us if you would like Easy Read versions, hard copies or would like us to speak with your group.
When is the survey open?
The survey is open from mid-December 2019 to February 2020. Sign up to receive a link to the survey when it is open by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When is the report available?
The report will be published in March 2020. If you'd like to receive a copy when it is available, you can sign up by emailing us email@example.com.
Where can I get more information about eye care and tests?
The NHS has general information available on their website: www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/look-after-your-eyes/
They also have information about free NHS eye tests and vouchers for prescribed glasses, for those who are eligible: www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/free-nhs-eye-tests-and-optical-vouchers/
SeeAbility also has a variety of information, including printable PDFs in Easy Read: www.seeability.org/looking-after-your-eyes
If you have any questions, would like to be involved or receive updates on when the survey is live, please contact Clarissa O'Connell, Public and Patient Involvement Officer on 07970 168 240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org