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.
We are currently developing the Low Vision Pathway documents.
Other Useful Documents
- Low Vision, Habilitation and Rehabilitation Framework for Adults and Children. June 2017 (revised February 2018)
- CCEHC low vision assessment survey 2021
Patient Health and Care Videos
A range of patient-facing videos have been written and produced by HCI which can be used to assist in the continuation and improvement of eye care services, supporting people to understand transformations in care pathways such as remote consultations, and management of their eye conditions, with easy to understand content that explains risk, consent, options for treatment, options for support and self-care including post-surgery.
The library of support videos can be found here and includes a range of areas including:
- What happens after clinic?
- I have been given an eye disease diagnosis- where can I get emotional support and what services are available to me?
The full library of videos can be found here.
Skills and Training
Contact and register with WOPEC (Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre).