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Half of people with learning disabilities suffer eye problems pilot reveals

Over half the people with learning disabilities seen in specialist sight tests suffered an eye health issue. And almost two thirds required spectacles, new results from a pilot scheme in London have revealed.

52% of those seen had an eye health problem which could have led to sight loss says the report authors, national charity SeeAbility and the leading eye health organisation, Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU).

Experts claim it could lead to reduced independence, poorer quality of life and higher health and social care costs for these individuals.

They are calling on CCGs to introduce more eye care pathways. Currently, just four CCGs have commissioned the services which offer longer, specially adapted sight tests for people with learning disabilities.