National Services - Visual Impairment (Low Vision)

The information shown below is about this long term health condition.

For additional important general information, please refer to the “Self Care and Support" section.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Shropshire CCG - National Services - Self Care and Support

NHS Choices

The National Health Service (NHS) works to provide health care for everyone in the UK.

NHS Choices is the main patient focused web site and provides a vast amount of health information.

It has extensive information and recent news about eye health with videos about specific eye conditions.

NHS Choices - Visual impairment

This provides an overview of Visual Impairment. It also includes a short video on what happens in an eye test. This video shows the importance of having a regular eye test and how to detect symptoms that could lead to problems with your eyesight.

There is also information on the process and the benefits of registering as sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind).

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - Visual impairment

NHS Choices - Am I entitled to a free NHS eye test?

A listing of those who qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - Am I entitled to a free NHS eye test?

NHS Choices - Living with low vision

This provides an overview of living with low vision.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - Living with low vision

NHS Choices - Eye Health

This provides information on eye health.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - Eye Health

NHS Choices - Visual impairment - Diabetic eye screening

If you have diabetes, your eyes are at risk from diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it's not treated.

This eye screening involves a separate check to the normal sight test to examine the back of the eyes and is a way of detecting the condition early so it can be treated more effectively. Please contact your GP for more information.

There are 2 videos that explain what happens when you go for diabetic eye screening on the main link below.

1/ Diabetic eye screening - Ellie's eyes.
12 year old Ellie describes why she has to go for regular diabetic eye screening and what exactly happens on the day.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Diabetic eye screening - Ellie's eyes

2/ Diabetic retinopathy screening.
This video explains what happens when you go for diabetic eye screening. To watch the video go to the end of the page on the web link below.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Diabetic retinopathy screening

NHS Choices - Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

This provides an overview of Age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

NHS Choices - Eye safety

Tips to guard against eye injury from accidents.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - Eye safety

NHS Choices - Your guide to care and support

This guide is for people who have care and support needs, their carers and people who are planning for their future care needs. There are instructions with links to other help too.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - Your guide to care and support

NHS Choices - Eye health tips for older people

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - Eye health tips for older people

Association of Optometrists - Top 10 Tips for Healthy Eyes

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading optometry membership organisation in the UK and provides high quality services and benefits to enable their members to fulfil their professional roles.

A Top 10 Tips for Healthy Eyes has been produced.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Association of Optometrists - Top 10 Tips for Healthy Eyes

The College of Optometrists - Eye Conditions

The College of Optometrists is the professional body for optometrists.

This is the website designed for the public. In the category "eye conditions", there is a listing of different ones with information.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

The College of Optometrists - Eye Conditions

The College of Optometrists - Eye care

In almost everything we do, we need to think about eye care. Whether you are driving, working at a computer or simply sun-bathing, it is so easy to take them for granted.

In this section you will find simple and sensible advice about everyday activities and the issue of eyesight.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

The College of Optometrists - Eye care

RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People)

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is for everyone with a visual impairment. It provides a wide range of useful information and resources and has an online shop that sells different products specially designed for people with a visual impairment.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

RNIB - General website

RNIB - Advice and support services

RNIB can provide you with advice, information and support with all the important areas of your life.

If you are sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind), or the loved one or a carer of someone who is, call the Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or e-mail helpline@rnib.org.uk for advice.

The Helpline is the gateway to all RNIB services to give you practical support to help you come to terms with sight loss, such as advice on staying in work or using technology to help you do everyday tasks. This includes more specialist teams such as Advice Service, Legal Rights Service, Eye Health Information Service and Emotional Support Service.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

RNIB - Advice and support services

RNIB - Eye Conditions

Information on eye conditions from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, with details on eye health and nutrition.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

RNIB - Eye Conditions

RNIB - Sight loss with other medical conditions

Features Dementia and sight loss, Dual-sensory loss, Stroke and sight loss.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

RNIB - Sight loss with other medical conditions

RNIB - Sightline Directory

The directory for services aimed at helping blind or partially sighted people.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

RNIB - Sightline Directory

RNIB - Assistive technology (gadgets and aids to live independently)

Assistive technology is the use of gadgets and aids for living independently. It can be any product or service designed to enable independence. It can also be any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks that they would otherwise be unable to do, or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

RNIB - Assistive technology (gadgets and aids to live independently)

National Talking Newspapers and Magazines (part of RNIB Group)

National Talking Newspapers and Magazines, part of RNIB Group, provides over 200 national newspapers and magazines on audio CD and cassette, DAISY CD, audio download and as digital full-text by email, and MP3 download.

It also provides a listing of local services.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

National Talking Newspapers and Magazines (part of RNIB Group)

Action For Blind People‎ - (part of RNIB Group)

Action for Blind People, part of RNIB Group, provides practical and emotional advice and support across England to people who are blind or partially sighted and their friends and family.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Action For Blind People‎ - (part of RNIB Group)

Action For Blind People‎ - Common eye conditions

This section covers common eye conditions.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Action For Blind People‎ - Common eye conditions

Action For Blind People‎ - Sight loss registration

Here is information on the process and the benefits of registering as sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind).

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Action For Blind People‎ - Sight loss registration

The Macular Society

The Macular Society supports people with macular conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It has information about local services and offers a counselling service.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

The Macular Society

The Macular Society - Why join a local Self Help support group?

Self Help support groups offer support and help in understanding macular disease and coming to terms with sight loss. They often share information about obtaining treatment, other services and staying independent.

There is a web link to a video, where members in a group discuss the Macular Society's support group network. The group support and development manager also talks about the importance of peer support.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

The Macular Society - Why join a local Self Help support group?

Visionary

Visionary is a membership organisation for local sight loss charities - sometimes known as local societies or associations for blind and partially sighted people.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Visionary

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people, campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Guide Dogs

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC)

This is a UK Further Education College for those aged 16 plus with visual impairments.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC)

SeeAbility

SeeAbility is a specialist charity established over 200 years ago and formerly called The Royal School for the Blind.

It helps people who have sight loss and other disabilities, including learning and physical disabilities, mental health difficulties, acquired brain injury and life limiting conditions, specialising in supporting people who have a diverse range of multiple needs including autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. It provides information on various aspects of sight loss and eye care.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

SeeAbility

Sense

Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Sense

Deafblind UK

Deafblind UK helps people with a dual sensory impairment to live full and active lives despite their disability.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Deafblind UK

Moorfields Eye Hospital

This is one of the world’s largest eye care and research centres.

For more information, click on the 2 web links below to take you to the web site page:

Moorfields Eye Hospital - Looking after your eyes

Moorfields Eye Hospital - Eye conditions

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK (formerly the British Diabetic Association) is the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funds research, campaigns and helps people live with the condition.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Diabetes UK

International Glaucoma Association

International Glaucoma Association provides support and information to people with glaucoma. There is more information about support groups and networks here.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

International Glaucoma Association

British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society

A charity supporting people with Retinitis Pigmentosa. They organise support groups you can join around the country.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society

British Wireless for the Blind Fund

The British Wireless for the Blind Fund provides easy to use audio equipment which has been specially designed and adapted for listeners living with sight loss.

Radios are made available on Free Loan to Blind and Partially Sighted people who meet their criteria. If you don't qualify, radios are also available to purchase.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

British Wireless for the Blind Fund

Calibre Audio Library

Calibre Audio Library is a national charity providing a subscription-free service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities, who cannot read print.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Calibre Audio Library

Young Calibre Audio Library

Young Calibre audio library is a national charity providing a subscription-free postal service of unabridged audio books for young people with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities, who cannot read print.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Young Calibre Audio Library

VISION 2020 UK

This is the umbrella organisation which facilitates greater collaboration and co-operation between organisations within the UK which focus on vision impairment and operate on a national, regional or international basis.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

VISION 2020 UK

Age UK

Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Age UK

NHS England

NHS England oversees the budget, planning, delivery and day-to-day operation of the commissioning side of the NHS in England.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS England

NHS England & Age UK

NHS England & Age UK have produced a practical guide to healthy ageing-Look after your eyes (page 7)

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS England & Age UK

 

Relevant Topics

 

Visual Impairment (Low Vision)

Visual Impairment (Low Vision) - Introduction

What is Visual Impairment (Low Vision)?

Main Causes of Visual Impairment (Low Vision)

Visual Impairment (Low Vision) - Treatment & Support

Visual Impairment (Low Vision) - Services

Visual Impairment (Low Vision) - Local Optometry Schemes

Visual Impairment - Keeping your eyes healthy (Top 10 Tips)

Shropshire Services & Self-Help Support Groups - Visual Impairment (Low Vision)

National Services - Visual Impairment (Low Vision)

 

Self Care and Support

Self Care and Support - Introduction