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 the services of providers of services, to people with low vision.
Viewing machines (colour and monochrome) can be hired for approx $75 a month. The viewing machines are quite compact and easy to use. The printed material is simply placed under the TV Monitor and the inbuilt camera magnifies the print onto the screen where it can be read. Clients are encouraged to take equipment home on trial for a week, then either return or pay the balance.
People need to be referred by their G.P., Optometrist or Opthalmologist to the Low Vision Clinic at Burwood for assessment, but this is a very straightforward process.
The patients will be contacted by the Clinic when there is an available time slot as the clinics are run only 3 Mondays a month all day & 1-2 clinics are run on Thursday afternoons depending on the Optometrists involved. They will be phoned about 2 weeks prior to the appointment to make this appointment, and then the clinic will follow up with sending an appointment letter out, together with a questionnaire (which the patients bring to the clinic) and a map of where to locate the clinic. Then the day before or on the Friday before their appointment, they will be phoned again to give them a reminder of their appointment. The clinics on Monday start at 9am and the appointments can take up to 11/2 hours per patient. (The Clinic usually see between 6-7 patients on the Monday all day clinic)
If patients are available to come at short notice and don’t mind an early appointment that would also be good to know this on their referral forms.
NOTE: The clinic only accepts cash or cheque. (No EFTPOS or Credit Card facilities)