When a person has reduced vision in both eyes that cannot be corrected by conventional spectacles or contact lenses, they may be described as having sight loss or low vision.

The degree of vision loss will vary between individuals, and will depend on the underlying condition or cause.

BBR Optometry's Low Vision Service

At BBR, we provide a comprehensive assessment of the specific needs of the individual, so we can ensure they are provided with the best low vision device to assist them.

We have a wide range of devices and resources to help with day-to-day tasks or enabling individuals to continue a loved hobby.

Our Low Vision practitioner, Nick Black, will be able to show you how to use magnification, colour and contrast, and light to get the best from your device.

He will also be able to offer you helpful hints and tips on how to make things easier with day-to-day tasks.

What is the Herefordshire Low Vision Scheme?

We are very lucky in Herefordshire to have a Low Vision Scheme for those individuals with a Herefordshire GP. The scheme means assessments will be paid for by the Clinical Commissioning Group and that there are a large selection of low vision devices available on permanent loan. Private low vision appointments and devices are still available to those with a GP outside of Herefordshire - please contact the practice for more information.

At BBR we provide a comprehensive low vision assessment

If you are a new low vision patient to BBR Optometry, we will need to ensure we have all necessary information about your eyes, vision and circumstances.

If you have had an up-to-date optometric examination (Sight Test) within the last 6 months we will not need to re-examine you. A recent hospital or ophthalmology examination is not the same thing.

Please ask your Optometrist for a referral which includes the Sight Test details including visual acuity and diagnosis. This is not usually visible on your prescription.

Once we have received the referral, we will be able to arrange an appointment.

If you have not had a recent Sight Test (within 6 months) with an Optometrist, we will need to conduct this prior to any low vision assessment. As this will need to include extended examination components such as dilation and imaging there may be a charge for this as it falls outside the scope of the NHS Sight Test. We will be unable to conduct an eye examination and low vision assessment on the same day because your vision may be temporarily blurred as a result of dilation.

Please download the large print low vision questionnaire here and complete to bring with you to the appointment

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