Low vision

Coronavirus update

All of our low vision clinics are currently closed due to the coronavirus and we are unable to make any further face-to-face appointments at the moment. 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 below) for a telephone assessment. Please contact us for more information on the telephone number below.

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.

01872 261110

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). Tara Butler is the ECLO for Cornwall and can be contacted on 07494 310756 or by emailing tbutler@isightcornwall.org.uk.

Low Vision Clinics in Cornwall

We offer free appointments at our Low Vision Clinics in:

Bodmin (once a month)

Camborne (once a month)

Helston (once a month)

Launceston (once every 6 to 8 weeks)

Penzance (once a month)

St. Austell (twice a month)

Truro (weekly)

If transport is a problem we can arrange for one of our volunteer drivers to assist. Under special circumstances, we may be able to carry out home visits. Please note there is a small charge for these services.

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

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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