New report on people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their experiences with sight testsRead Now
Wessex Voices published a new public and patient involvement report today, Improving Eye Care Across Wessex. The work was commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement – South East in 2019, with completion of the report in 2020.
120 adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and 30 carers across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight participated in our survey or interviews. While most people had been for a sight test previously, many had not been to one in the recommended two year period. For those who had excellent experiences at sight tests, good practice meant people had positive, easy experiences. People made suggestions on possible improvements to help facilitate positive experiences as well. Key factors that influenced a person’s experience included:
With the right support, more people can get the eye care they need. We recommend a number of short and long term solutions to help improve access and uptake of sight tests for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, including:
The full report and an Easy Read version of the report are both available on the Wessex Voices website.
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