Adult Low Vision

Our pathway offers adults with sight loss quicker access to a low-vision assessment and support closer to home. In particular, the 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

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.

This pathway is currently under development.

Other Useful Documents

Low Vision, Habilitation and Rehabilitation Framework for Adults and Children. June 2017 (revised February 2018)

Training

Contact and register with WOPEC (Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre).

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Services Directory

LOCSU’s directory of local eye care services as commissioned by CCGs in England and delivered by community optometrists and opticians.

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