In Focus: Eye care initiative supports people with learning disabilities

Emma White reports on how a scheme in South East London has benefitted patients with extra needs

MP Vicky Foxcroft with SeeAbility Eye Care Champions Lance Campbell and Grace McGill

SeeAbility and Sight Centre in Deptford hosted MP and shadow minister for disabled people, Vicky Foxcroft, to showcase their joint efforts to improve eye care for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Sight Centre was one of the accredited South East London practices taking part in the Easy Eye Care Service, funded by the NHS, offering longer or multiple appointments and other adjustments to support patients with extra needs.

Optometrist Gus Sidhu showed Foxcroft how the practice made adjustments to support patients, demonstrating that anyone can have an eye test, even if they are unable to read or verbally express what they can see.

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