Low Vision

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.


We stock an extensive range of low vision aids which include magnifiers, binocular TV spectacles and electronic aids. Below you will fiind information on the most common types of magnifier. 

Provide the highest levels of magnification and help to enhance the contrast of objects being viewed.
Electronic Magnifiers
Designed for short-term spotting tasks of near objects such as reading menus, price tags and pill bottles. These helpful devices are very portable, versatile and economical, and are available with and without light sources.
Hand Magnifiers
Designed for extended viewing tasks of near objects such as reading books, magazines or newspapers. Stand magnifiers rest directly on the object and are available with and without illumination.
Stand Magnifiers
Primarily designed to magnify distant objects. These devices can be hand-held for short-term spotting, or worn as eyewear for extended periods of viewing such as watching television.
Telescopic Devices
Designed for hands-free viewing of near objects for an extended period of time, such as reading, especially in bed.
Magnifying Spectacles
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37 Lavant Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3EL, 01730 264258