Low vision (visual impairment) is when your sight cannot be successfully corrected with glasses or contact lenses, or by any medical or surgical treatment. It is more common in older people. The most common cause is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although low vision cannot be cured, there’s plenty of support available to help you carry on living a full life.
We offer a specialised Low Vision Service, either through our contract with South East Hampshire NHS or as part of an extended eye examination. We welcome referrals from GPs and other optometric practices. A full assessment, including refraction if required, is carried out to determine which aspects of vision are posing the greatest difficulty to you, and which optical aids such as magnifiers and telescopes would be of most benefit. Please bring your own spectacles and any existing magnifiers, plus any examples of tasks that you would like magnification to assist with.