Sight Loss Adviser

 

Our Sight Loss Adviser Nanette will be able to help you with a Lighting and Magnification Assessment, provide ‘Skills for Seeing’ Training and demonstrate a selection of equipment.

Devon in Sight offers an appointment based service with our Sight Loss Adviser. Please ring  01392 876 666 to make an appointment.

We will not supply certain pieces of equipment such as magnifiers without a consultation.  This is to ensure that the product we supply is the right item for your current condition. We can also make you aware of the latest Low Vision Aids and innovations.

First meeting

Our Community Support Workers will carry out our new ‘Sight Loss MOT’ which will help you identify what additional support might be helpful particularly if you have been newly diagnosed with sight loss, or if your condition or support needs have changed.

Having completed the ‘Sight Loss MOT’ we will work together to devise a help plan which will help you improve your independence and wellbeing.

It is helpful to find out a little more about the issues you are facing as a result of your sight loss. Losing your sight can be a traumatic experience, so we may be able to offer support, provide advice and, if appropriate, recommend equipment or sight training that will help you make the best use of the sight you have.

We have information on other local organisations that can provide you with help, so we can provide you with their phone numbers and website details. If appropriate we may be able to arrange a meeting with them.

Lighting and Magnifiers

Task lighting directs light where it is needed most for detailed activities. Even with good general light levels in a room, the amount of light available may not be adequate for close up tasks such as reading, writing, eating and preparing food and hobbies such as woodwork or sewing. During your appointment we will show you how to best use your lighting and the correct way to use magnification.

There is a lot of confusion and mystery about what magnifiers can and cannot do. Magnification solutions come in a variety of forms to suit your needs. Before buying a magnifier you need to know what magnification strength you require and what the reading task is. We work with you to ensure that you have the best magnifier for the task you wish to perform.

Equipment

We provide advice on a wide range of equipment to help you manage at home. We keep a stock of some items and can also order equipment for delivery to your home.

  • Lighting
  • Electronic & Optical Magnifiers
  • Talking clocks and watches
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Mobiles & Telephones
  • Eye Shields
  • Large Print Stationery
  • Assistive Technology Solutions

Low Vision Services

We run a number of Low Vision Services which help you adjust to living with sight loss:

  • Information and Support
  • Low Vision Clinics
  • Meeting with Rehabilitation Officers Visual Impairment (ROVIs)
  • ‘New Skills for Seeing’ sessions

Training

You can also attend a number of training courses which are run in association with other organisations on specific topics:

  • Living with Sight Loss Course
  • Employment Hub
  • My Guide Sighted Guide Training
  • Assistive Technology Solutions
  • Online Today (Computer Training on accessing the internet)