Living independently with low vision

For patients who are living with low vision, we offer a range of specific services to make this adaptation to living with visual impairment as easy as it can be.

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Meet our specialist Cirta Tooth

Cirta is an optometrist with a special interest in visual impairment. She divides her time between Cameron Optometry and her work at the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion where she works in the paediatric clinic and the low vision clinic.

She enjoys the challenge of understanding the visual world of her patients in order to plan suitable interventions to improve functional vision and quality of life. She has developed strong relationships with healthcare professionals, local support groups and voluntary organisations.

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What conditions will benefit?

Our clinic will benefit anyone, of any age, experiencing low vision, including those with conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cerebral visual impairment (CVI), low vision after a stroke and cataract.

What can I expect in an appointment?

We have a specially tailored examination room setup for this service, as well as staff trained and experienced in this area.  We take a holistic approach to look at how you live and how we can improve your day-to-day life.

Your initial appointment will last up to an hour. During your appointment you will:

  • have a range of comprehensive low vision assessments
  • try a number of specialist low vision aids
  • learn new reading and viewing strategies tailored to your specific condition, for example eccentric viewing for macular conditions and visual search for visual field impairments
  • discuss and learn other coping strategies and sight substitution techniques
  • discuss how other organisations may be able to assist you and put you in touch with them
  • receive advice and provision of technology for visual impairment.
  • In addition, children with CVI and/or neurodevelopmental conditions will take part in assessments tailored to the specific needs of these conditions.