Experiencing a sight loss can be an emotional time and will often result in every day tasks such as cooking, reading, going out and working, becoming quite difficult.
If you are experiencing a sight loss that is not fully correctable by wearing spectacles and is likely to be long-term or permanent then you might benefit from a one-to-one assessment with a member of the Sensory Loss Team.
Staff in the Sensory Loss Team are specially trained to assess peoples' needs and provide practical information, advice and support. There are two sight loss roles within the Sensory Loss Teams – the Sight Loss Advisors and the Rehabilitation Officers for the Visually Impaired (ROVI).
The role of the Sight Loss Advisor is to provide visually impaired people with information, practical and emotional support. They will spend time with each individual, discussing ways in which their sight loss is affecting them on a day-to-day basis, supporting them in understanding their eye condition, coming to terms with their sight loss or looking at the practical tasks which are presenting difficulties, such as cooking, managing appointments and mobility.
Based on the needs that are discussed, information is shared on the services available, which might be beneficial. These services include: ROVI (Rehabilitation Officer for the Visually Impaired), Occupational Therapy, specialist employment advisors, support and/or social groups and information sessions.
Some individuals may be eligible to be registered as visually impaired and the Sight Loss Advisor will discuss what registration means, its benefits and when asked will complete the registration process on their behalf. Some clients are referred by their Ophthalmologist to the Low Vision Service for aids such as magnifiers, to help with reading. The Sight Loss Advisor can discuss this with the client, if further explanation is required.
Information packs are given to each person containing a variety of leaflets and useful contacts telephone numbers both locally and nationally.
Sight Loss Advisor clinics - often held in Ophthalmology venues.
If you meet the Fair Access to Care (FACS) eligibility criteria you may be able to access the rehabilitation service Your needs and eligibility will be assessed by a member of the Sensory Loss Team either within a sight loss clinic (Sight Loss Advisor) or via a telephone screening.
Some examples of the issues that they can help with are listed below
Information and advice
Rehabilitation training for mobility
Rehabilitation training for independent living skills
Lighting and low vision aids
Rehabilitation and employment
A member of Adult Services staff will take your details and pass them on to the relevant team.