Our Vision Support Services
We offer a dedicated and sympathetic support service for those newly diagnosed with an eye condition or sight loss. This support will help people to maintain independence and well being and covers:
- Emotional support at diagnosis
- Support and information for family, friends and carers
- Information on eye conditions and good eye health
- Referrals to statutory and voluntary services
- Advise on what aids and adjustments can make life easier
- Help with retaining a job or retraining for new work
- Advice and help with claiming what financial benefits are available.
Our service also includes signposting to other services available.
Coming to terms with sight loss
Our Looking Forward programme offers help and information at an early stage. It assists those having difficulty coming to terms with their sight loss and includes peer support from people who have already lived with sight loss.
Practical help with sight and hearing loss
Our Joint Sensory Services are run in partnership with voluntary hearing loss organisations, health boards and local authorities. These services offer more practical help and assistance to people experiencing sight and/or hearing loss.
Vision Support Services for Children, Young People and Families
Imagine what it must be like to be a child or a young person hearing the news that you have sight loss. Imagine what it must be like to be a parent. Our services also offer children with sight loss and their families vital emotional and practical support from eye clinics across Scotland. Our Vision Support Officers provide an essential link between hospital-based diagnosis and vital support services in the community.
Most children with sight loss are born with an eye condition so the need for early identification and intervention is crucial. For further information, read our 'Vision Support Services for Children and Young People' booklet at http://www.rnib.org.uk/sightlosssupportscotland.
Where our Vision Support Services operate
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion
Emma Dunlop, 07796 335 877 (Mon-Fri), email@example.com
Caroline Beebee, 07917 581 273 (Tues-Thurs), firstname.lastname@example.org