LOW VISION

Low vision – If you have poor vision due to eye disease we are able to offer you our low vision service. You have a consultation so that we can review what aspects of your life are hindered by your vision. We are then able to offer you magnifiers and other aids which are loaned out to you by the Welsh Government. The appointment is funded by the Welsh Government.

The assessment is designed for you and the Low vision optician to discuss your eyesight condition and the difficulties this may present in your day to day life.  The Low vision optician will then talk to you about what you would most like help with, such as reading cooking instructions, paying bills, watching television, dealing with medicines or tablets, completing school work or even working on hobbies.  The practitioner may then get you to try out a number of different low vision aids such as handheld or stand magnifiers, typoscopes, task lights, electronic magnifiers, shields and/or reading stands etc specific to your requirements.
Between you, you will decide which (if any) low vision aids may best help you and how to use them to best effect.  These will then be ordered free of charge for you to take home on loan for as long as you may need them. For more information visit www.eyecare.wales.nhs.uk/low-vision-service-wales or www.rnib.org.uk