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Optometrists learn more about people with learning disabilities

22 Jun 2009

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Well over a million people in the UK have some level of learning disability. Even though people with learning disabilities are more likely to have problems with their eyesight, many struggle to access the eyecare they need.

SeeAbility, Healthcall Optical and Replay Learning have teamed up to produce a continuing education pack that makes it easier for optometrists to give patients with learning difficulties the help they need.

The pack has practical advice for practitioners as well as information about learning disabilities. It looks at how to address some of the issues people may have when visiting an optical practice, such as anxiety about an unfamiliar location. Optometrists can get tips on communicating with people with learning disabilities, and find out about a useful tool developed by SeeAbility, the Pre Examination Questionnaire. The pack also offers guidance on communicating during the eye examination, and using pictures and sign language.

The pack will be sent to 8,000 registered optometrists this week by Replay Learning.
 

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