Partial sight - low vision aids
If you have partial sight, low vision aids such as pocket, hand-held and stand magnifiers could help you make use of your remaining vision.
Spectacle mounted magnifiers, monocular and binoculars can help with looking at things in the distance.
If you are currently receiving hospital eyecare, ask to be referred to the Low Vision Service, where you will receive a full assessment so that you can get the best magnifier for you.
Many of the magnifiers can be obtained free of charge from your local Low Vision Service. You can also buy them privately through opticians.
Closed circuit television
Closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) work by putting what you want to see underneath a special camera and the page appears enlarged on a TV screen. CCTVs can be expensive but it may be possible to rent one.
Organisations that can help
There are several voluntary organisations for people who are losing their sight.
The Royal National Institute of Blind (RNIB) produces many factsheets and leaflets that offer advice and recommend products for the blind and partially sighted.
- Contact the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
- Sight care services (people with disabilities section)