Low vision

We offer free Low Vision assessments throughout Cornwall for people with eye conditions that cannot be improved with prescription glasses or surgery.

We will help you discover which low vision aids would be the most beneficial for you to take away on a free long-term loan, from handheld or stand magnifiers to solar shields and MaxTV glasses.

To book your free assessment you will need a referral from your optician or eye hospital consultant – we can’t book your appointment without one.

How to get a referral

  • Visit your optician for a sight test and request a referral.
  • Alternatively, if you have been to see your optician in the last 12 months, you can give them a call and request to be referred.
  • If you are a patient at the eye hospital, your consultant can give you a referral at your next appointment. You may also be able to request this over the phone.
  • Request a referral by contacting your local Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO). To contact Cornwall’s ECLO call 07494 310756 or email info@isightcornwall.org.uk.

Low Vision Clinics in Cornwall

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are currently only offering appointments in Truro. However, we are able to conduct telephone assessments in some cases which involves sending out an assessment pack prior to the telephone call from our Low Vision Adviser. You will still need a referral from your optician or eye consultant (see above) for a telephone assessment.

To book your free assessment please call us on 01872 261110.

Replacement magnifier service

If you have received a magnifier or other low vision aids through our low vision service in the past that needs replacing, you can call us for a free replacement without needing an appointment. Just call us with your name, address and details of the magnifier and we will post out a replacement.

Referral form

Our Low Vision Referral Form can be completed by an optician or eye consultant only:

Download our Low Vision Client Referral Form

We also offer support to help you receive the benefits you are entitled to, advice on assistive technology devices and support at our hospital information desks.

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