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Low vision aid clinic

What is a low vision aid (LVA) clinic?

This clinic aims to show your child how to use a range of different low vision aids, such as magnifier and binoculars. Low vision aids can help a visually impaired child with many activities, such as reading and writing. If your child finds a low vision aid which helps them to see better, they can take it away to use at home or school and there is no cost to you.

What will happen at the low vision assessment?

At the assessment, the low vision trainer will talk to you and your child about any difficulties your child may be experiencing because of their reduced vision.

The low vision trainer will assess your child’s distance and near vision and help your child work out the best way of using their vision. This is often achieved by:

  • using good lighting and contrast
  • cutting down on glare
  • using low vision aids

If your child has glasses, please bring these to the assessment.

It is also useful for you to bring a book or some of their homework.

The trainer will show your child low vision aids to help with various tasks. They will teach your child how to use the aids and help your child choose aids that are suitable for them.

How long is the appointment?

The assessment lasts around 1 hour.

After your 1st visit, we will review your child in the low vision clinic every year. Your follow up appointment may be a telephone appointment to see if your child is finding their low vision aids useful or if they need to be assessed for different low vision aids.

If your child is struggling with their low vision aid or do not find it helpful anymore, we will then arrange to see them in person. We will see your child sooner than a year if their vision changes or you have concerns about what they can see.

If your child loses or damages their low vision aids please contact us.

How do I access the low vision clinic?

If you would like your child to be seen in the low vision clinic, please ask the clinician at your next eye appointment or you can call the eye department secretaries on 0114 2717468

We will then arrange an appointment for you.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the eye department on 0114 271 7468.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: EYE49

Resource Type: Article

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Low Vision Aid clinic

Eye Department

Sheffield Childrens Hospital

0114 2717468


Western Bank
S10 2TH

United Kingdom

Switchboard: 0114 271 7000

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