To do that it is vital that we understand how sight loss may be impacting on the person's day to day life, this can be done through a vision assessment.
Our Bridge to Vision Service supports adults with a learning disability/stroke/autism/dementia to access eye care services. The level of assessment will be tailored to meet your needs and the results will give a clearer understanding of how sight loss may be impacting on your daily life and what support should be in place to ensure you reach your full potential.
There are two parts to the vision assessment:
It is crucial that the information from the vision assessment process is then used to bring about positive practical change for you. After the assessment has been completed an easy to understand report is written, explaining any ophthalmic terminology and practical strategies for daily living, mobility, communication and aids and adaptations. With your agreement, this can be shared with those involved in your care and support.
There are Bridge to Vision Services in Ayrshire and Fife. We develop partnerships with local authorities, health, social care, education, optometry and others to ensure that people with a learning disability or other complex needs (such as autism/dementia or stroke) have access and support which will help them through the eye care journey.
You or your carer/support staff can access the service via RNIB. Please note that there may be a cost associated with this service.
A Community Vision Support Worker will support and facilitate every aspect of the eye examination to ensure visual information is understood and included in care planning. An easy to read vision report will also be provided.
The PDT can train vision champions for external organisations to carry on best practice elsewhere.