Patients with reduced vision can be referred to the Low Vision Clinic and Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) in the hospital setting via Evolutio for support and assessment. The service welcomes referrals made by Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.
Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) are essential in providing patients, their families and carers with practical and emotional support to help understand their diagnosis. They can help patients not only adapt to living with sight loss but also to ensure they do not become isolated and retain their independence. ECLOs provide a vital role in bridging the gap between health and community services. Timely support and referrals are made, such as falls prevention, job retention, education and social care and rehabilitation enabling early intervention.
If a patient requires a Low Vision Aid they would usually benefit from an ECLO assessment. This may be provided for them at the same time in the clinic.
If a new patient requires completion of a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) to be registered as sight impaired/severely sight impaired it must state on the referral that an Ophthalmologist review is needed. Registration cannot be completed if the patient has not been seen by the Ophthalmologist.
If a patient does not meet the requirement to be CVI registered but is still having difficulty with their vision they may still be referred and access all the services on offer.
Local Low Vision Services and leaflets
RNIB-Royal National Institute of Blind People