Low Visual Aid Scheme
The Low vision aid pathway offers adults with sight loss, quicker access to a low vision assessment and support closer to home. In particular this enhanced service is designed to:
- reduce unnecessary referrals to the hospital low vision service
- reduce patient anxiety and increase capacity within the overburdened hospital clinic
- provide a more cost effective service with a greater number of patients being managed within the primary care setting
- high quality low vision assessment, information and clinical support, and
- where appropriate, low vision aids (LVAs), daily living aids and follow-up in a community setting in a convenient location for them
There is no set level of VA for referral in to this service but a person may be considered to have low vision if they have an impairment of their visual function that is adversely affecting their quality of life but cannot be corrected through spectacles, contact lenses or medical or surgical intervention.
The initial low vision assessment includes refraction using Logmar reading and distance charts and Pelli Robson contrast sensitivity charts where appropriate.
Following the Low Vision Assessment a range of hand held or stand, either illuminated or non-illuminated, magnifiers, or telescopic aids can be offered. This is done on an ‘on loan’ basis.
Advice is given on glare control and task lighting.
The service aims to enable a more independent lifestyle through provision of an appropriate LVA and/or referral and liaison with the Sight and Hearing Team at Social Services.
Training is offered together with follow-up, either face to face or by telephone, with regular low vision reassessment as required generally 6-12 monthly depending on severity of condition.
Please see the LVA participating practice list within the IES on the homepage to find your nearest optician.