Community optometrists are in an ideal position to direct patients with visual impairment to local statutory or voluntary support services. It is not necessary for a patient to be registered as sight impaired in order to access these resources.
BucksVision is a visual impairment charity, with resource centres in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes. They offer a subscription service and are very happy for patients to self-refer. Find out more by visiting their website http://www.bucksvision.co.uk or download their leaflet on the right.
In Milton Keynes the statutory service is provided by BID (Birmingham Institute for the Deaf). Local contact details are below:
Sensory Advice Resource Centre
399 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes MK9 2AH
Telephone : 01908 401135
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaflet available on the right (awaiting updated version).
In the rest of Bucks, the statutory provider is BISS (Buckinghamshire Integrated Sensory Service)
Download their leaflet on the right for more information.
The Low Vision Leaflet (LVL), which patients may use for self-referral, is also available for download on the right.