Eye 2 eye Campaign: About Ali
Ali is a 38 year old man who has a severe learning disability and challenging behavior.
Ali’s parents reported that they tried to have Ali’s eyes tested when he was a child but found it difficult to find an Optician who would see him and this experience had put them off trying again.
After a presentation by SeeAbility’s eye 2 eye Development Officer at a day centre Ali’s parents contacted the team to seek advice on having an eye test. SeeAbility staff carried out some preparatory work with Ali which involved meeting him and talking about going for an eye test, showing him pictures related to eye care, letting him interact with samples of spectacles and shining a small torch to familiarise Ali with the whole process of the test.
SeeAbility booked an appointment with a local Optometrist who was provided with relevant information so he could appropriately prepare for the test ie medication details and the fact that Ali could not recognize the alphabet.
On the day of the appointment Ali and his parents supported by SeeAbility went for the eye test. Ali allowed the Optometrist to look into his eyes and to shine the torch into his eyes, he also used picture matching which worked well. The appointment was successful and Ali’s parents were advised that Ali’s eye health was good and he did not need to return for two years.
Vision Aid Overseas is registered charity (in England) no. 1081695
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