Low Vision

Local Sight Loss Charities

Click here for details of local sight loss charities

Vision Support Service

This service is available to all Dudley residents with poor vision. They do not need to be registered as Sight Impaired or Severely Sight Impaired.

Rehabilitation workers are trained to provide support to help patients live independently. They are enthusiastic about trying to help and empower people.

They can offer advice and support at home about such things as:

  • lighting levels, including providing lamps and lighting in the kitchen
  • different types of magnification
  • safe pouring and cooking techniques, including modifications needed
  • grab rails etc.
  • teaching to make best use of residual vision

and when outside with such things as:

  • using symbol or guide canes safely effectively to aid mobility
  • outside training – getting about on foot or using public transport to the regular places you want to get to.

Following assessment some aids may be provided on  loan (liaising with the hospital) or through the assistance of a direct payment.

Please click here for a vision support service leaflet you can hand out

For more information contact the Vision Support Service on 0300 555 0055. Please feel free to give this number  to patients.

Beacon Centre

The Beacon centre offers tailored support, aids and activities to help people impacted by sight loss make the most of life. Patients can join Beacon to learn new skills, socialise and improve confidence.  Their website is

For more information contact:

Beacon Centre for the Blind
Wolverhampton Road East
Tel: 01902 880111

Dudley Vision Strategy

The Dudley Vision Strategy Stakeholder Group produced a Vision Strategy for Dudley. This document includes input from groups involved in low vision.

Other Resources

Sightline provides telephone support for people affected by sight loss. The helpline is staffed entirely by trained volunteers, who are affected by sight loss themselves. Tel 0800 587 2252. Sightline is open 6pm-10pm, 365 days a year.

SeeingAI is an app for iOS/iPhone that has a large feature set of text-to-speech and descriptive abilities e.g. recognising friends, describing scenes, identifying currency etc.