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When to refer

The best way to prevent vision loss is to have your eyes checked regularly. Often there are no symptoms to indicate that your vision might be changing. However if you think you may have a problem with your sight, you are not alone. By 2020, around 400,000 people in Australia could have a vision impairment that affects their daily life.

Testing facilities at Centre For Eye Health, Sydney NSW


Assistance with living with low vision

Should you require assistance with living with low vision, you can refer yourself to Guide Dogs (or be referred by another person with your permission) for a low vision assessment or for orientation and mobility services. Assessment of vision is vital for early detection and prevention.

Close up of O&M instructor, holding cane with clients hand


Once the referral is received it will be processed and assigned to an Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Instructor, who will contact you within 7 working days to make an appointment.

The O&M instructor visits you in your own home, hospital or wherever you might be at that point in time. Some of the questions may include:

  • Your needs
  • Your current vision status and prognosis
  • Functional impact of vision impairment
  • Your aims

The O&M Instructor will do a functional assessment looking at how you use your residual vision, and move around your home and local environment. A decision regarding training or an appointment with the low vision clinic will be made in conjunction with you. Please see the information in Orientation and Mobility and Low Vision Assessment for further information.

Please note: Referral processes may differ slightly for each organisation.

If you are suffering reduced vision, help is available today.

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