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Free Low Vision Aids (Wales)

Welsh low vision service logo
Welsh low vision service logo

Because of changes that can occur in the eye, it is not always possible to achieve the level of vision you are used to with conventional spectacles.

Welsh Low Vision Service

Four of our Optometrists including myself have been accredited practitioners under the ‘Welsh Low Vision Scheme’ for many years now. As part of this Welsh Assembly funded scheme, we offer free Low Vision Assessments to the visually impaired and appropriate magnifying aids, telescopes, glare shields and electronic aids on free loan. If needed we will use our local knowledge to refer you to other services in our area.

If you wish to be assessed under this scheme, you can either book an appointment yourself or ask your Ophthalmologist, Doctor, Optometrist or Social Worker to refer you to us.

To be eligible you do not need to be registered as Visually Impaired or Severely Visually Impaired. We may be able to help you as long as your visual acuity is less than 6/12 (snellen) or your reading ability is less than N6 in your better eye (your Optician will be able to tell you if you don’t know).

People with the following eye problems are commonly seen under this scheme:

  • wet macula degeneration
  • dry macula degeneration
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • glaucoma
  • nystagmus
  • retinitis pimentosa
  • congenital eye diseases

For further information please visit Eye care Wales.

Assessments are generally carried out yearly as changes in vision may require a change of magnifying aid.


Accredited Opticians at Lawrence and Harris

  • Mr John Harris
  • Mrs Susan Screen
  • Mrs Emma Kinsey
  • Mr James Lampard

Available at both Caerphilly and Ystrad Mynach practices.