Bloxwich Specsavers is supporting an initiative which aims to empower people with a learning disability to access eyecare.
New patient pathway
Specsavers is involved in the ‘visit us and see’ project which has been instigated by the Walsall PAMHS (Promoting Access to Mainstream Health Services) alongside the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) to develop excellent local eyecare services for people with learning disabilities living in Walsall.
The store is one of a number of opticians who will be implementing a new patient pathway into their clinical practice. This Pathway is designed to enable people with learning disabilities aged 16 years and older to access NHS sight tests in the same way as the wider population.
‘Evidence shows that adults with a learning disability are more than ten times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other adults,’ said Julia Kelly, Lead Nurse PAMHS. ‘This scheme aims to help break down the barriers that prevent people with learning disabilities from visiting an optician, by reducing anxieties, fears or apprehensions and by offering clear and educational information about the situation and outcome.’
Store director, Jagroop Uppal, added: ‘As a community optician we welcome this initiative and look forward to supporting it. While a trip to the optician is a normal experience for many of us, we appreciate the concerns, fears and lack of understanding that some people with learning disabilities may have, and so are keen to alleviate these where we can by working with the partners on this project.’