How can low vision services help?

A low vision specialist will help you make the most of your sight by letting you try a range of low vision aids, like magnifiers, lighting and eye shields. These low vision aids can help you with everyday tasks like reading or help reduce glare when you are outside.

Read more about what happens during a low vision assessment and how you can make the most of your remaining sight:

In England

Low vision service provision across England is very variable and may be based in a local hospital, located in opticians' practices or offered from a resource centre run by the local society for people with sight loss. You should ask your local social services department, GP, optician or eye specialist to refer you to a low vision clinic for a low vision assessment.

The Low Vision Centre at Judd Street can only take referrals for residents of the London boroughs of Camden, Islington and Kensington and Chelsea only, or private patients for £75/hour:

  • 020 7391 2241

In Northern Ireland

Low Vision services in Northern Ireland form part of the hospital service. You can find out more about these services by contacting an RNIB Eye Care Liaison Officer (ECLO).

In Scotland

Low vision referrals in Scotland can be made through your GP or Eye Clinic. You can contact your Local Authority Social Work Department and/or Local Society to arrange an appointment.

In Wales

The Low Vision Service in Wales is a free service which provides a range of low vision aids that may be useful to you. Equipment provided includes handheld magnifiers, task lamps and even high tech electronic low vision aids. The eyecare Wales website is the best way to find out more about this service and how it operates in Wales.


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