The Low Vision Service is the place to go when your failing eyesight cannot be improved by means of the best spectacles.
Dispensing Optician, Mrs. Annette Ball FBDO (Hons) LVA, runs the Low Vision Service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn (QEH) and the 'Outreach' clinic at the Fakenham Medical Practice.
Anyone who has poor eyesight, due to any eye disease, can access the low vision service, patients do not have to be registered as sight-impaired. There are many whose visual ability is too good for registration, but falls short of what is sufficient for their daily life.
A Low Vision Assessment is completely different from an eye exam you have at the opticians. Your eyesight will be assessed, and enhanced by means of suitable Low Vision aids, such as magnifiers, 'strong' spectacles and telescopic aids, so enabling you to achieve visual tasks. Contact may be made with other support services if you so wish.
Under the NHS, all hand-held and spectacle-mounted low vision aids are supplied on a permanent loan basis from the hospital. However, specialised lighting and electronic aids may be purchased.
The first assessment appointment will take approximately 45 minutes. It is essential that you bring your spectacles and any magnifiers you may have, even though you feel they are of little use. A copy of your most recent spectacle prescription is very helpful.
Referral to the Low Vision clinics can be made by your optician directly to the QEH, or by your GP through the 'Choose and Book' system. Please remember to state if King’s Lynn or Fakenham is more convenient for you. Appointments are currently available within four weeks.
A Low Vision Assessment and the provision of appropriate low vision aids can help people rebuild their confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to live safely and independently.
Let the Low Vision service help you to get the most out of your vision.