Low Vision Clinics

The aim of a Low Vision Clinic (LVC) is to maximise the use of any remaining vision. It is not a diagnostic clinic, so you still need to visit your regular optometrist / ophthalmologist for eye health examinations or for treatment.

At the LVC, a wide range of low vision equipment is available for trial and purchase including optical and video magnifiers and glare reduction glasses. In consultation with the optometrist, the most appropriate aid will be determined; partly by your eye condition, your level of remaining vision and by the types of visual tasks you would like to be able to perform. You will also be provided with advice regarding strategies for reducing glare, improving task lighting, maximising the use of your remaining vision, and using the prescribed equipment. Referral for other RGDT services will also be offered to all clients.

Vision Impairment

Vision impairment means reduced vision caused by eye disease, accident or eye condition. Some conditions can be treated or corrected to improve vision. Most people (about 80%) who are vision impaired have some vision, that is, they have low vision.

Low Vision

Low vision is any reduction in eyesight that cannot be improved with normal spectacles, contact lenses or medical treatment. Reading the letters down the eye chart only measures one aspect of your vision (the ability of the eye to see detail). Other indications of low vision include increased glare sensitivity, reduced contrast sensitivity, visual field loss (eg: loss of left and/or right side vision) or distortion of vision.

Low Vision Equipment

At the LVC, a range of low vision equipment is available for trial and purchase, including optical and video magnifiers and glare reduction glasses. In consultation with the optometrist, the most appropriate aid will be determined; partly by your eye condition, your level of remaining vision and by the types of visual tasks you would like to be able to perform. You will also be provided with advice regarding strategies for reducing glare, improving task lighting, maximising the use of your remaining vision, and using the prescribed equipment. Referral for other RGDT services may also be offered to clients.

Although sometimes family or friends may want to help by purchasing a magnifier for you, an individual assessment of your vision and needs is the most appropriate and recommended approach.

Costs

There is no charge for a consultation as it is bulk-billed to Medicare. If there is onward referral for other RGDT services, these are also free of charge to clients. However, a claim may be made when appropriate to DVA, employers, or insurance bodies. There is a charge for equipment (such as magnifiers, glasses or lights), which RGDT can assist you to purchase.

Referral

Your Ophthalmologist or Optometrist can refer you to the LVC or you may be referred by RGDT Low Vision Specialists after their assessment. A current eye report from your ophthalmologist and optometrist is always required prior to assessment.

Speak to our staff to determine which Low Vision Clinic is best for you to attend