Low vision providers help people with significant vision loss maintain independence by offering low vision assessments as well as guidance on topics such as mobility, safety, reading, and lighting.
What to expect
During the assessment, advice will be provided on aids, equipment and technology that can help maximise vision to manage everyday tasks in different settings. Some services also provide support through individual counselling and support groups.
A low vision assessment may include:
Testing current vision
Discussing the eye disease and the effect upon vision
Learning techniques to enhance remaining vision and maximise the use of other senses
Discussion on the psychological and social impacts of vision loss
Referral to counselling and group programs
Comprehensive information and practical demonstrations on the use of the most appropriate low vision aids and technologies
Information on modifications for the home or workplace
A visit to the home for advice on living well and safely at home
Orientation and mobility training to help get out and about
Information on eligibility and access for subsidies or entitlements.
Low vision assessments are provided by low vision organisations around Australia. Click here to search for a service near you. Some major hospitals, optometrists and universities throughout Australia also offer low vision assessments.
The Foundation's low vision services
Macular Disease Foundation Australia provides a free low vision advisory service, in conjunction with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, at our national office in Sydney CBD. This service involves an orthoptist working closely with the client to assess their individual needs and determine which aids and technologies can help to best maintain independence and quality of life
All people with low vision are able to access this service however bookings are essential.
Telephone the Helpline: 1800 111 709.
Call the Foundation on 1800 111 709 for advice about low vision services across Australia or click here to order a copy of the publication, Low Vision Aids & Technology.
The Foundation also provides free “I have low vision” badges. These badges are a simple yet highly effective way to alert people that someone has low vision and may require assistance or extra time.