Low vision rehabilitation needs of visually impaired people

Latham, Keziah and Macnaughton, Jane (2017) Low vision rehabilitation needs of visually impaired people. Optometry in Practice, 18 (2). pp. 103-110. ISSN 1467-9051

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It is difficult for visually impaired people (VIPs) to know what rehabilitation services are available that may be of benefit to them. Appropriate services are covered by health, social care and voluntary sectors, with significant differences in the services available in different areas of the UK. The eye care practitioner has an important role, not only in providing optical advice and low vision aids, but also in signposting patients to those services that go beyond the practitioner’s own remit. At a minimum, practitioners should know how to refer their patients to hospital eye service low vision services, to local authority sensory service teams, and to local voluntary societies for the visually impaired. Additional providers of relevant services for practitioners to be aware of are discussed, and links to further resources provided. There is a lack of good quality evidence of the need for low vision services and of service effectiveness. Such evidence is needed for guiding commissioning decisions regarding provision of future low vision services.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The following article is reproduced with the permission of Optometry In Practice (OiP), the College of Optometrists peer reviewed CET journal. This article was published in OiP in June 2017 © College of Optometrists.
Keywords: visual impairment, rehabilitation
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Keziah Latham
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 15:00
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:58
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701824

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