If you yourself, friend or family member is experiencing difficulties with your vision even though you have up-to-date spectacles, a low vision assessment may be able to help you.

If you have a reduced level of vision, that cannot be improved with the use of spectacles, contact lenses or by surgical intervention then you have low vision. A Low Vision Assessment is about making the most of the vision that you have.

A Low Vision Assessment is in addition to a standard eye examination where we will talk with you to identify the visual task(s) which you are having difficulty with. We will measure your vision and how well you see contrast (faintness). Using this information we will aim to maximize your vision using a Low Vision Aid. We will teach you how to use the aid correctly, advise on how to make the most of your vision and provide advice about your condition.

Common conditions which can be helped by these assessments are macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma.

What Are Low Vision Aids?

Low Vision Aids (LVAs) are pieces of equipment, which help you to make the best of your vision. These include magnifiers (which are optical low vision aids i.e. they incorporate lenses) and also products which use colour or contrast to make them easier to see and use or are bigger than standard such as large print products. Low Vision Aids also incorporate such items as reading stands, anti-glare spectacles or tasks lights which help you to function more effectively and comfortably while doing visual tasks.

To arrange an LVA assessment, contact us at Brownbills to schedule an appointment. (Please state that this is for a Low Vision Assessment).

FACT FILE: You do not have to be registered blind/severely sight impaired or partially sighted/sight impaired to be considered to have low vision.