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Leading care for people with learning disabilities

A new short film, released by SeeAbility as part of Learning Disability Week, shows how the Ophthalmology Team at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust improved the quality of life of a patient with learning disabilities and vision problems. 

Watch Leanne's story 

[Video credit: produced by SeeAbility]

Leanne is a young woman with Down’s syndrome and learning disabilities. She had previously been denied life-changing cataract surgery but with the support of a charity eye care advisor and eye specialists at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), she received the operation she needed. Following the procedure Leanne’s life has been transformed and she is far more independent.

Howard Bunting, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the PRUH, who supported Leanne, said:

People with learning disabilities are more likely to have sight problems such as cataracts and I am delighted that we were able to make the reasonable adjustments that Leanne needed to have successful surgery.
I would urge all eye care professionals to watch Leanne’s film so that more people with learning disabilities can benefit from the life-changing eye surgery they need.

Ray, Leanne’s father, added:

When Leanne’s eye problems began, it had a huge impact on her life but with the right support, Leanne was able to have successful cataract surgery.
Eye surgery has improved Leanne’s vision significantly and transformed her life, she is a different person now. I just want other people with learning disabilities to have the same support as Leanne so they don’t have to live their lives with avoidable sight loss.