Adult Low Vision

There are currently 1.8 million people living with sight loss in the UK. (Future Sight Loss, RNIB 2008).

Our pathway offers adults with sight loss, quicker access to a low vision assessment and support closer to home. In particular, community optical pathway for an Adult Low Vision 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
  • provide accredited theoretical training which supports the pathway (jointly designed by the WOPEC and LOCSU to ensure successful delivery of the pathway

How has this pathway been developed?

LOCSU's Clinical Advisory Group has developed this pathway, in consultation with visual impairment charities and patients, to be delivered by both optometrists and dispensing opticians working in community optical practice.

You can read more information in our press release here.

LOCSU support for the pathway

LOCSU has developed a range of downloadable support for practitioners, who want to introduce these pathways in their area, including:

  • LOCSU Community Optical Pathway for an Adult Low Vision Enhanced Service pathway
  • LOCSU Community Optical Pathway for an Adult Low Vision Enhanced Service business case*
  • LOCSU Community Optical Pathway for an Adult Low Vision Enhanced Service service specification*
  • LOCSU Community Optical Pathway for an Adult Low Vision Enhanced Service Report form*
  • theoretical training developed in conjunction with WOPEC*

 Please click here or above for the Adult Low Vision pathway 

 

 

*Please note that the supporting documents are only available by logging in to the members only area - please contact your LOC for the log in details, via their website at: www.loc-net.org.uk/ (if there is no website, and you don't have contact details, please contact us).

Supporting Documentation for Community Optical Pathway for Adult Low Vision Enhanced Service (LOC members only)

Skills and training support for Community Optical Pathway for Adult Low Vision Enhanced Service

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Dates for the diary

100% Optical

ExCel, London

27-29 January 2018

2018-01-27 10:00:00 - 2018-01-29 17:00:00

Oxfordshire LOC's AGM

The Christie Suite, Holiday Inn Oxford, Peartree Interchange, Oxford, OX2 8JD

Annual AGM

2018-02-06 18:30:00 - 2018-02-06 21:30:00

Contact name: Caroline Collingridge

Contact email: caroline@oxfordshireloc.org.uk

East Sussex LOC's AGM

CCG Offices, Friars Walk, Lewes

Annual AGM

2018-03-21 19:00:00 - 2018-03-21 21:00:00

Contact name: Jackie Oxley

Contact email: jackie.oxley@googlemail.com

Hertfordshire LOC's AGM

Biopark, Room 2, Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3AX

Annual AGM

2018-03-26 18:30:00 - 2018-03-26 21:00:00

Contact name: Dawn Doe

Contact email: Hertsloc@gmail.com

Durham LOC's AGM

Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, DH1 1TD

Annual AGM

2018-05-09 18:15:00 - 2018-05-09 21:00:00

Contact name: Richard Naisbitt

Contact email: secretary@durhamloc.co.uk

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