Low Vision


Looking after patients with Low Vision

Members are reminded to use the Letter of Visual Impairment for patients with low vision who are not registered as sight impaired (partial sight) or severe sight impaired (blind) who may benefit from referral to social services.

There are many benefits to registration – click here for more information.

Many patients with visual impairment, including those who are not eligible for registration, may benefit from a home visit from a rehabilitation officer.  Their contact details can be accessed here.

The Eye Clinic Liason Officer employed by ‘Leeds Hearing & Sight Loss Service’ can provides support for all patients with visual impairment.

A directory of Local Services for people with low vision in Leeds is available for download.


Children with Low Vison

“Low Vision Children Missing Out on their Education Support”

A recent multidisciplinary meeting of people working in visual impairment has heard that many children are slipping through the net and not being brought to the attention of Education Officers.

The Education Leeds Visually Impaired Team consists of teachers trained in the teaching of visually impaired children and young people.  They provide support at home and at school from birth to school leaving age.
If the child does not fall within the Education Leeds Catchment they will still take the details and pass them on to the relevant authority.

Optometrists are urged to take note of the services available, the referral criteria (below) and forward the children’s names to Education Leeds, even if they are under the HES.

Referral Criteria for Involvement (one or more sufficient)

The child should
1. Present an identifiable ophthalmic condition which has the potential to interfere with development and learning
2. Distance acuity of 6/18 or worse
3. Near acuity of N14 or worse
4. A restriction in the field of vision
5. Problems in scanning, depth perception, tracking, colour perception, habd-eye coordination or contrast sensitivity

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