Sight issues can come in many different forms. Some people are born with a vision impairment whilst others lose all or some of their sight due to a variety of conditions or accident.

Whatever your type of sight impairment, there may be devices and support available to help you retain or get back your independence.

If you have any worries about your sight or eye health, visit your optician.

Checking your vision

Your optician may decide to refer you on to your GP or a specialist NHS service for further tests – this may be an ophthalmology department or eye clinic.

They will be able to tell you the specifics of your eye health, nature of any vision loss and whether it is permanent. If further treatment is required they will refer you on.

Once your ophthalmologist or eye clinic has confirmed that your eye condition is permanent they will provide you with a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI).

A copy of this will also be sent to our sensory team.

You can also contact the sensory team yourself on 020 7926 5555 or email adultsocialcare@lambeth.gov.uk.

Lambeth Sensory Team

Once the team receive your CVI, a member of staff will contact you to offer you an assessment.

This assessment will look at how your visual impairment affects your day to day life.

The assessment will be undertaken by a rehabilitation officer for visual impairment who will be able to discuss with you different ways and equipment that may help you live more independently such as managing daily tasks, reading correspondence and finding your way around.

The sensory team can also provide you advice and information including local support groups.

The team can provide information in a range of formats to support your needs including large print and Braille.

If you would like to request information in an alternative format, please call 020 7926 5555 or email adultsocialcare@lambeth.gov.uk.

Digital technology support group

The digital technology support group meets every Tuesday morning at South Lambeth Tate Library.

To access this service email Roger Lewis at rlewis@lambeth.gov.uk or call or text 07860 181 330.

South East London Vision

South East London Vision (SELVIS) supports people living with sight loss in Lambeth and works to ensure they can live independent lives and access high quality services when and where they need them.

They can:

  • provide information to help you live with sight loss
  • connect you to others at our social support groups, events and activities
  • work in partnership with other organisations
  • campaign to make things better for you.

SELVIS run a support group for all visually impaired adults living in Lambeth which meets every month. Find out more about the Lambeth Vision Group Monthly meetings.