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For Patients

Information and Advice for the General Public

The documents in this section are for information purposes only and should not replace advice given by health professionals to their patients.

We have provided links to support groups and charities working in the ocular sector but the College cannot give medical advice to individual patients.  We do not have ophthalmologists working on site, members of Council and most of our committee members are ophthalmologists and they serve the College in a voluntary capacity.

Management of Patients with Learning Disabilities

The College information on Eye Care Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities 2015 for ophthalmic professionals may also be of interest for members of the public. It can also be supplemented by the General Medical Council’s interactive learning sessions for doctors regarding patients with learning disabilities on its website.  The site aims to help doctors provide better care for people with learning disabilities by:

  • identifying the issues
  • highlighting patient perspectives
  • showing how to put GMC guidance into practice.

The website expands on the guidance in Good Medical Practice and Consent and demonstrates how it applies clinical practice when treating patients with learning disabilities. It includes an interactive learning session for which a certificate of complete is available