People with Learning Difficulties Pathway

Recognising the need to improve access to good eye care services, the new People with Learning Difficulties Pathway has been developed.

The pathway has been developed in conjunction with two leading charities, Mencap and SeeAbility, to ensure that it reflects the needs of people with learning disabilities and is based on established, successful, learning disability services provided by community optometrists in a number of areas in England. The pathway gives Local Optical Committees the basis for a proposal to improve the way eye care for people with learning disabilities is delivered in their local area.

Benefits of the Learning Difficulties Pathway

It provides:

  • An enhanced sight test in a community setting – this gives optometrists more time to familiarise patients and their carer with the procedures and equipment at the time of the sight test and also gives time for repeat visits to complete procedures where needed
  • Better preparation for patients and greater information sharing with the optometrist before the sight test via SeeAbility’s ‘Telling the optometrist about me’ form, which helps make the experience a positive one
  • Better feedback from optometrists to patients, regarding sight test results, using SeeAbility’s ‘Feedback from the Optometrist about my eye test form.’


LOCSU has developed a comprehensive Clinical Service Pathways Framework incorporating:

  • People with Learning Difficulties

LOCSU support for the pathway

(LOCSU is currently developing supporting documents for the People with Learning Difficulties. Contact for more information)

Skills and Training:Contact and register with WOPEC (Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre)


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