The term "low vision" covers anyone whose eyesight causes them to have difficulty in performing daily tasks with conventional spectacles. This group of people includes those with nearly normal sight who are coping but would benefit from a little help, and is certainly not limited to those with almost no sight or individuals who have been registered as sight impaired (partially sighted/blind).
An NHS low vision service is available at Bristol Eye Hospital that provides basic magnifiers and following a standard eye examination we are willing to arrange for a referral. However, many people would prefer to be seen closer to home, rather than in a busy hospital. Johnson & Furze Optometrists and Opticians offer a personal service and a wide range of optical and electronic magnifiers that is not limited to basic models. Moreover, our community setting makes us well placed to inform you of local support services. A low vision assessment is distinct from a primary eyecare examination and there is a private charge for an appointment in our Low Vision Clinic
A low vision assessment often takes longer than a standard eye examination because it involves a lot more listening on our part to find out what you need and want to do. Your optometrist will advise you how to modify your tasks to make things easier, improve lighting, and, if necessary, determine which type of magnifier is best suited to you. We will provide you with a written report of our recommendations shortly after you appointment because there is often too much information to pass on.