Retina New Zealand Inc. – Macular degeneration

Telephone-Based Peer Support If you have been diagnosed with a retinal disorder, have a family member or close friend who has, or just want to find out more about Retina NZ, ring 0800 233 833 (New Zealand only) to talk to a peer support co-ordinator. This is a voluntary organisation supporting people with retinal degenerative … Continued

VICTA – Visual Impairment Charitable Trust

Approximately 95,000 New Zealanders have a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses, but only 12% of New Zealanders with long-term uncorrectable vision are eligible for membership of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. Information and support for the 88% who are ineligible is scant. Low vision rehabilitation is … Continued


Humanware make a wide range of products for people with low vision – from portable magnifiers such as SmartView Pocket to the desktop units, SmartView Synergy & myReader2. They are innovators in this field, offering products widely recognised as among the best available anywhere eg. Magnifiers, lighting, talking book players, computer magnification, TV glasses. For … Continued

Royal N Z Foundation of the Blind

Ring the above number, or 0800 24 33 33 for information about services, to enrol as new members, to order Talking Books etc.  RNZFB offers a craft group; training; education and support for blind persons and their families. Ph. 355 8381- News ‘phone – this service has recorded extracts from newspapers, read by volunteers. Approved … Continued

Blaxall Optics

Blaxall Optics Low Vision Limited is a family company with extensive knowledge and understanding of the low vision and magnification field. They specialize in low vision aids and magnifiers for people with low vision and bevel in providing the right product at the right price. It is hard to know if a magnifier or low … Continued

Low Vision Clinic

Aims: To provide a comprehensive low vision service for the people of Canterbury and Westland region and provide a place where equipment to assist people with low vision can be located; to co-ordinate services for people with low vision. A range of Electronic Magnifiers to view print and coloured photos can be hired from $50 … Continued

Specsavers Optometrists

Specsavers advertise widely on TV & in the newspapers. Please note we offer  SuperGold card holder benefits For further information & to make an appointment, ring any of the telephone numbers listed below:- Other Specsaver retail outlets: Westfield Riccarton – 3431499 Hornby Mall 349 5193 The Palms – 3852780 Alternatively visit

Canterbury Dist. Health Board – Eye Outpatients

​​Ophthalmology deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. An assessment is made on referral from the G.P. or Specialist. Outpatients can take in old glasses that are no longer required & they will be distributed  to  people in the commmunity. Hours 7.30am – 5.30pm The Low Vision Clinic is at Beacon House, … Continued