Two Merton mums are calling on better eye care for kids with special needs.

New research by learning disability and sight loss charity SeeAbility suggests that thousands of children with learning disabilities in special schools are missing out on eye tests.

The charity wants adjusted eye tests introduced into all special needs schools in the country.

Yvonne Ray's four-year-old son Rocky attends Morden's Perseid School, one of the institutes that adjusted eye tests are provided by SeeAbility, and said the tests have had a big impact on his life.

“Rocky can’t cope with crowds, so getting him to a hospital eye appointment would be so hard," she said.

"He can’t stand closed doors and he hits his own head when he can’t cope with noise.

"Rocky can’t speak, so has no way of telling me if he can see well or not.

"The SeeAbility team are so patient and kind when they test Rocky’s eyes.

"The fact that so many children with learning disabilities are left without being able to see well because they haven’t been able to have their eyes tested is very sad.

"For them to be denied good eye sight is just wrong."

It costs around £135 for the charity to provide an adjusted eye test and glasses dispensing in a special school.

At just 12-years-old, Ellie Farrell has profound disabilities and cannot walk or speak.

The Perseid students needs glasses and her sight has to be regularly monitored for deterioration.

Her mum, Alyson, said the adjusted eye tests have been a big help to both their lives.

“Having Ellie’s eye tests at school is so much less stressful than going to the hospital clinic which used to make her so anxious," she said.

"It means everything to us for Ellie’s sight tests to take place within the school setting.”