Low Vision Clinic
A clinic for people who have visual impairment when medical treatment is no longer suitable, and vision cannot be improved with spectacles or contact lenses.
What happens at a Low Vision Clinic?
At the clinics, our Low Vision specialist provides a comprehensive Low Vision assessment of your remaining vision. Advice is given on lighting and magnifier(s) that may be helpful for everyday tasks. A magnifier is then prescribed and loaned free of charge. Magnifiers help to make maximum use of the remaining vision and maintain independence.
We offer a free review within 18 months to assess whether the magnifier we prescribed to you is still suitable, how you are getting on with this, and, if necessary, we will prescribe you a new magnifier free of charge.
We can also provide some advice support and information on sight loss; however, we recommend that you have an appointment with one of our Sight Loss Advisors. They are specially trained to work with you to identify the things you are struggling with due to your sight loss and create a support plan to help you find services, aids, and adaptations to help you address these. We are also able to refer onward to appropriate services where necessary.
Our criteria for referral is that the person must have had a diagnosis of vision loss from a Consultant Ophthalmologist. We will ask you to bring along your most recent prescription. We are willing to accept referral for anyone experiencing problems with reading, mobility and daily living skills or with any degenerative condition of the eye Our Low Vison clinics are available by appointment only. If you would like to enquire or book an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01905 723 245.
Additional Magnification Devices
We can only offer one free hand-held magnifier at our clinics, however, there is a broad range of magnification devices available for purchase from handheld and stand magnifiers to telescopic and video magnifiers. We can help by putting you in touch with a range of suppliers who sell this equipment.
When choosing a magnification device, it is important to identify the exact purpose for the use of a magnification device – for example, reading a book or menu, watching TV, working on hobbies, working with a computer, etc.
Using the appropriate magnifier makes daily activities and specific tasks more straightforward and less tiring. Our free Low Vision Clinics are held at venues around the county of Worcestershire. People can be referred to our Low Vision clinics from a variety of sources, including hospital ophthalmology departments, opticians, GP’s or the Sensory Impairment Team. We will accept self-referrals or referral from family members.