This article discusses the findings from a study to assess the impact of corrective eye treatment in adults with a learning disability. The Special Visual Assessment Clinic (SVAC) is an optometry led multi professional service delivered in a Resource Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The study, which included user and carer input in its design, involved people with a learning disability (15), their family carers (21) and staff (12) in interviews, group discussions, completion of checklists and clinical audit. Findings revealed that prior to the SVAC taking place there was limited awareness of vision related problems amongst all these groups. Following assessment and corrective treatment which, in the main included the provision of glasses, there was a heightened awareness of visual needs and of the benefits of eye examinations which included some tentative links to quality of life.
McGlade, A., Bickerstaff, D., Lindsay, J., McConkey, R., & Jackson, J. (2009). Making a difference. Responding to the visual health needs of people with a learning disability. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 38. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-3156.2009.00574.x