What is a low vision assessment?
In a low vision assessment our optometrists will try to determine what a person with a visual impairment needs and wants to do. We will then assess the person’s visual function which may include measurement of their Visual Acuity (distance and near), Contrast Sensitivity and Functional Visual Fields. Using this information our optometrists will determine if any low vision aids are available to help a person with low vision do the things they want. This might include magnifiers and lights. They will also use their specialist knowledge to refer to other professionals and services which may provide additional help and support including: social services; voluntary organisations; the Hospital Eye Service for registration as Sight Impaired or Severely Sight Impaired; education services or employment services.
The appointment with the low vision practitioner usually lasts about an hour and is provided free of charge by the NHS and all the low vision aids are available on loan, and free of charge.
Who should be referred for a low vision assessment?
Anyone entering the service should have had a sight test within the last year. Most people using the service will be entitled to an NHS sight test.
All those with distance visual acuity of 6/12 or worse, and/ or near acuity of N6 or worse (with a plus 4 dioptre reading addition) or significantly constricted visual fields can access the service.
People need to be resident in Wales to be eligible to use the LVSW.
You can find more information about the Low Vision assessments here