Visual Impairment

Patients can be referred to an accredited optometrist either by the Hospital Eye Unit, Social Services, Dorset Blind Association, Bournemouth Society for the Visually Impaired, a GP or by other Optometrists. Patients can also self-refer.  

There is no set level of VA for referral but a person may be considered to have low vision if they have an impairment of their visual function that is adversely affecting their quality of life but cannot be corrected through spectacles, contact lenses or medical or surgical intervention.

The initial low vision assessment includes refraction using the Bailey-Lovie Logmar reading and distance charts and Peli Robson contrast sensitivity charts where appropriate.

Following the Low Vision Assessment a range of hand held or stand, either illuminated or non-illuminated, magnifiers, or telescopic aids can be offered. This is done on an 'on loan' basis.

Advice is given on glare control and task lighting.

The service aims to enable a more independent lifestyle through provision of an appropriate LVA and/or referral and liaison with the Sight and Hearing Team at Social Services.

Training is offered together with follow-up, either face to face or by telephone, with regular low vision reassessment as required generally 6-12 monthly depending on severity of condition.

Opticians involved:

BOURNEMOUTH
Jonathan Bedford
Still and Bedford
56 Highfield Road
Ensbury Park
Bournemouth
BH9 2SG
Tel: (01202) 529414

Bernie Dexter
Bournemouth Vision Centre
63 Southbourne Grove
Southbourne
Bournemouth
BH6 3QU
Tel: (01202) 424491

DORCHESTER
Anthea Cook
Optima Low Vision Service
Robert Frith Opticians
63 High West Street
Dorchester
DT1 1UY
Tel: (01803) 864218

FERNDOWN
Rob Jones
Parley Optometrists
127 New Road
Ferndown
BH22 8EB
Tel: (01202) 575759

HIGHCLIFFE
John Tickner
Howie and Tickner
6 Highcliffe Corner
Lymington Road
Highcliffe
BH23 5EB
Tel: (01425) 272382

LYME REGIS
Guy Hayden
Hayden & Sons
52 Broad Street
Lyme Regis
DT7 3QF
Tel: (01297) 442617

POOLE
Ian Underwood
Perry Optometrists
434 Ashley Road
Parkstone
Poole BH14 OAA
Tel: (01202) 741963

SHAFTESBURY
Anthea Cook
Optima Low Vision Services
Westminster Memorial Hospital
Abbey Walk
Shaftesbury
SP7 8BD

Tel: (01803) 869720

SWANAGE
Maria Lundy
Robert Frith Opticians
25 Station Road
Swanage
Tel: (01929) 422220

WAREHAM
Jane Bell
CH Webster Opticians
Victoria House
10a North Street
Wareham BH20 4AF
Tel: (01929) 556062

WEYMOUTH
Gavin Cairns
Robert Frith Opticians
6-7 St Thomas Street
Weymouth DT4 8EH
Tel: (01305) 786303

YEOVIL
Anthea Cook
Optioma Low Vision Services
Robert Frith Optometrists
28 Princes Street
Yeovil
BA20 1EQ
Tel: (01803) 864218


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