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This section provides a range of local services and well-being information for you to find advice or seek further assistance to support your health.
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The Lanarkshire Low Vision Project provides low vision aids to people with a visual impairment within Lanarkshire. Referrals are accepted from any source, including self-referral and assessments are carried out by named optical practices in each town.
You will be provided with advice and equipment, such as a magnifier to help with reading small print, if the optometrist thinks this will be helpful. A Rehabilitation Officer from North Lanarkshire Council's Health and Social Care can advise on how to make the best use of remaining vision using lighting, magnification and colour contrast.
If you would prefer to make your own arrangements, you can contact your local Social Work office to arrange an appointment.
If you would like further information about eye/sight conditions, you can contact Visibility. If you would like to know more about the services they provide, please get in contact by using the following information.
Phone: 0141 332 4632
Address: 2 Queens Crescent, Glasgow G4 9BW
North Lanarkshire Council also have a team of Rehabilitation and Mobility Officers who deal with people with a sensory impairment. They can provide information and practical advice, including mobility training and independent living skills training.
They can be contacted through your local Social Work Office. Alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For any further information, please visit the RNIB website by clicking here.
If you have substantial and permanent vision loss in both eyes you may wish to register as sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind). Registration simply means having your name added to a confidential list of people who have permanent sight loss.
Keeping this register allows North Lanarkshire Council to meet the needs of people with a visual impairment and it is also required for certain financial benefits and consensus. Registration is entirely voluntary.
If you decide you want to register, you must be referred to the hospital by your GP or optometrist. Your Eye Consultant will decide if you are medically eligible and then certify, using form CV1, that you can be registered as sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind).
For further information, contact a Rehabilitation and Mobility Officer at your local Social Work Office.
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