Low Vision Service
The Low Vision Service in Wales is a free service that may be useful to people with low vision, a vision impairment or people who are registered as sight impaired or severely sight impaired. If you fall into one of these groups, the Welsh Assembly Government provides for you to have one Low Vision Assessment a year to help you make the best use of the sight you have.
Low Vision assessments can only be carried out by specially trained and accredited opticians at registered practices. We are one of these practices and our optometrist Jane is our Low Vision specialist. If you are not local to us, please feel free to visit the Eyecare Wales website postcode checker linked below to see if there is a registered Low Vision practitioner more local to you.
During your Low Vision assessment with us, Jane will discuss your eyesight condition with you and the difficulties this may present in your day to day life. Jane may then help 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.
You can then decide which (if any) low vision aids may best help you, and Jane will guide you through 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.
Jane can also offer specialist advice about your particular eye condition, as well as being able to give practical advice about how to best manage with home lighting and seating etc. We can put you in touch with local voluntary support groups or clubs, or organise referrals for extra help from social services or education providers according to your needs. Referrals to your GP or to Ophthalmology can also be made if necessary.