Low Vision

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Vision Support Service

This service is available to all Dudley residents with poor vision. They do not need to be registered as Sight Impaired or Severely Sight Impaired.

Rehabilitation workers are trained to provide support to help patients live independently.

They can offer advice and support at home about such things as:

• lighting levels
• different types of magnification
• safe pouring and cooking techniques

and when outside with such things as:

• using symbol or guide canes safely and effectively
• route training – getting about on foot or using public transport to the regular places you want to get to.

Following assessment some aids may be provided on  loan or through the assistance of a direct payment.

For more information contact the Vision Support Service on 0300 555 0055.

You can also download and print the patient leaflet below:

Dudley Vision Support Service

Beacon Centre

The Beacon centre can provide private help with low vision aids and other support for visually impaired people. Their website is www.beacon4blind.co.uk

For more information contact:

Louise Connop, Low Vision Advisor
Beacon Low Vision Advice Centre
Wolverhampton Road East
email: LConnop@beaconvision.org
Tel: 01902 880111

Stourbridge Resource Centre

Located in Stourbridge in the West Midlands, the Pocklington resource and information centre offers a variety of activities and services to people with sight loss including:

  • Day opportunities
  • Stourbridge Institution for the Blind
  • Resources and information
  • Braille service
  • IT suite
  • Black Country Talking Newspaper and Magazine (BCTNM)

Website: http://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/services/stourbridge

Stourbridge Resource Centre
Mary Stevens Centre
221 Hagley Rd
West Midlands
Tel: 01384 440333
Email: src@pocklington-trust.org.uk

Dudley Vision Strategy

The Dudley Vision Strategy Stakeholder Group recently released its Vision Strategy for Dudley. This document includes input from groups involved in low vision.

Other Resources

Sightline provides telephone support for people affected by sight loss. The helpline is staffed entirely by trained volunteers, who are affected by sight loss themselves. Tel 0800 587 2252. Sightline is open 6pm-10pm, 365 days a year.

SeeingAI is an app for iOS/iPhone that has a large feature set of text-to-speech and descriptive abilities e.g.recognising friends, describing scenes, identifying currency etc.