Low Vision Centre - London

The Low Vision Centre is a specialist rehabilitation service for people who have been diagnosed as with low vision.

Who are we?

The Action for Blind People Low Vision Centre is a partnership project between Action for Blind People, and the Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities in the following boroughs: Camden, Islington, and Kensington and Chelsea.

Where are we?

Central London:

RNIB office,
105 Judd Street,
London
WC1H 9NE

What do we do?

We provide a specialist rehabilitation service for people who have been diagnosed as having low vision.

Our service enables people to get the help they need by looking at their everyday needs and difficulties. This service is available to people who live in Camden or Islington, and Kensington and Chelsea.

Definition of low vision

Low vision is defined as a sight problem which is not correctable by spectacles. It mainly affects older people.

There are many ways in which people with low vision can be assisted to retain their independence. The Low Vision Centre is an appointment only service, but Action for Blind People can provide useful information and details of other low vision assessment services.

Appointment process

There are three stages to the low vision assessment:

  1. To have an assessment with a rehabilitation officer to find out what the problems are and discuss goals.
  2. To have an assessment with an Optometrist to find the solutions and establish which magnifying devices (if any) and other equipment will be of most help (spectacles, low vision aids, other services).
  3. To have training in the use of the equipment, to try the aids out in a real life situation and how to maintain the equipment (e.g. changing batteries).

Stage 3 may take place at the service user's home.

Providing information

The Centre provides all its information in large print or on tape.

We also stock RNIB's wide range of leaflets on all aspects of vision. An optometrist can direct patients to the appropriate literature to do with their eye condition and support services through Action (such as emotional support).

As the Centre is part of Action for Blind People, we can also direct people to other services we offer. We may also link people into the statutory Social Services system if that is appropriate.

Who can be referred to us?

Residents of Camden, Islington, and Kensington and Chelsea.

Who can refer people to us?

  • Hospital eye services.
  • GPs.
  • Occupational therapists.
  • Optometrists - e.g. high street opticians.
  • Self-referrals.

Contact us

Contact us between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Telephone: 020 7391 2241 or 020 7391 2053, or

Email: lowvision@actionforblindpeople.org.uk

 

Further Reading

  • Community pages