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SeeAbility                                           

SeeAbility has been delivering sight tests and dispensing glasses in our school since 2013 as part of their Children in Focus Campaign.

Sight is very important to a child’s learning and development, and early eye care can prevent more serious sight problems later on. SeeAbility has found children with learning disabilities are:

  • often not accessing the eye care they need
  • over four in ten pupils had no history of sight tests or eye care
  • half of the children seen have had a problem with their eyes or vision
  • thousands of children with learning disabilities in England's special schools are missing out on vital eye tests and care, despite being 28 times more likely to have a serious eye problem.

Their research shows that thousands of children with disabilities across the country are missing out on the eye care they need. There is no national plan to meet their eye care needs. SeeAbility is calling on NHS to make wide reforms to community eye care for children and adults with learning disabilities and introduce adjusted eye tests in special schools. Failure to target these high risk children with eye care they are able to access is causing unneccessary vision impairment and putting eye sight at risk. 

For more information about their research project and to learn about all the great work SeeAbility does with pupils in special schools, including our own, read their latest press release: 

"Thousands of children with learning disabilities missing out on eye tests, while NHS England 'drags its heels'" 

Further information, including their reflections on the past year, key findings, details of their service and future areas of work is accessible here

 

"At Perseid School, we understand the importance of the correct eye care and its contribution to a child’s learning and development. Research carried out by SeeAbility has highlighted that children with significant learning difficulties are 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children and not accessing the eye care they need. We are incredibly grateful to SeeAbility for the opportunity they provide our students, delivering specialist sight tests and dispensing glasses at our school since 2013, allowing our students to continue their learning and development, with the eye care that they vitally need and deserve".  Tina Harvey, Executive Headteacher.

We are thrilled to have been recognised for our dedication and efforts, in ensuring our pupils receive the correct eye care and regular check ups, however this would not be possible if not for our long-standing partnership with SeeAbility. For further information about the work that SeeAbility does with Perseid School and how it benefits our pupils, take a look at the recent article published by the Wimbledon Guardian

In May, Executive Headteacher Tina Harvey was interviewed by the BBC World Service regarding the benefits that the relationship with SeeAbility has on the individual child, including the benefits of regular eye tests and ensuring the appropriate eyecare. To listen, please follow the link below:

SeeAbility is only able to do this critical work through fundraised and granted income. If you would like to help, go to their donate page and make a real lasting difference to children with learning disabilities at Perseid School and this country.

The team

Optometrist: they carry out the sight test using a range of equipment suitable for children with disabilities, check the health of the eyes, prescribe glasses when needed and make referrals to other professionals.

Orthoptist: they see all the new four to five-year-olds starting in reception and do a joint assessment with the optometrist to check for squints and lazy eyes.

Dispensing optician: they chaperone the optometrist and measure for and fit any glasses that are needed, undertake repairs and also give advice on helping children to wear their glasses.

Contact

If you would like to contact SeeAbility about their sight testing programme:

Lisa Donaldson (Clinical Lead - Children in Focus) on 07899 975 143 or email: l.donaldson@seeability.org

Or Laura Christie (National Manager - Children and Families) on 0161 748 6107 or email: L.Christie@SeeAbility.org

Or Tania Omany (Optometry Clinic Manager) on 01372 755 068 or T.Omany@SeeAbility.org

Useful Information and more resources

Visit SeeAbility to find out more. They have loads of free resources on eye care for children with disabilities. Or we have some of their important resources below.