What is Low Vision?

A person is described as having low vision when their ability to see is reduced even when using both eyes and wearing their correct glasses.  It can cause difficulties when performing every day tasks, such as reading.

There are a number of eye conditions that can result in low vision.  Whilst treatment is available for some eye conditions, it is not always possible to restore perfect vision.  It is important in the first instance that you are seen by an Ophthalmologist (eye doctor) to make a diagnosis (find the reason why your vision is reduced).  Your community Optometrist or GP can make the referral to the Ophthalmology service for you.

There are a vast number of services available in Oxfordshire for people with low vision.  The leaflets below outline some of these services.