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 -$130 a month. The electronic magnifier range in size from pocket size to desktop size – like a computer. They are easy to use. The inbuilt camera magnifies the print onto the screen where it can be read or viewed. Clients will be given the opportunity to try the equipment in the clinic. Larger equipment will be delivered and set up in the home. Training will be provided. Some clients may be eligible for funding assistance so finances will not be an obstacle. Clients are not committed to any particular length of time for rental.
People need to be referred by their G.P., Optometrist or Ophthalmologist to the Low Vision Clinic at Burwood for assessment, but this is a very straightforward process.
Clients will be contacted by the Clinic when there is an available time slot as the clinics are only run on Mondays. You will receive an appointment letter together with a questionnaire (which you should bring to the clinic) and a map of where to find the clinic. The clinics can take up to 1 1/2 hours per client, as you will spend time with the Occupational Therapist and the Optometrist and may spend time exploring the low vision equipment if it is appropriate. You are encouraged to bring a family member or support person with you.
If clients 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.
Payment may also be made by EFTPOS or Credit Card at the Gift Shop in the main entrance foyer of Burwood Hospital when it is open – usually between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.