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Specialist Eye Examinations

Low Vision Assessments

There are some eye conditions where eyesight cannot be corrected to normal levels with spectacles, contact lenses or surgical intervention, this is termed low vision.

Although the vision is not functioning as efficiently as it should do, in most cases there are a number of ways in which we can maximise the use of the remaining vision. A low vision assessment can identify the degree of vision loss and our optician will give advice on maximising your visual potential, which will help to improve your quality of life.

Low Vision Aids

At Leo Eye Centre we provide an extensive range of low vision aids (LVA's), including specialist spectacles, magnifiers, telescopes and electronic visual enhancing equipment. Our optometrist will demonstrate the appropriate LVA's and will discuss optimal lighting and other strategies for making the best use of your vision.

Under the Welsh Low Vision Scheme, we are able to provide you with any magnifiers or other equipment you may need including lamps, sunshields and specialised glasses completely free of charge. We are also able to replace any equipment that breaks or becomes faulty free of charge. When the magnifiers are no longer needed or need to be increased in strength, they can be returned to us and new ones ordered if necessary.

WECS (Previously WECI/PEARS)

At Leo Eye Centre, our optician is qualified to take part in the WECS scheme (Wales Eye Care Scheme) and can perform one of the following types of free eye examinations, depending on your circumstances:

Selected categories of patients who are at greater risk of eye disease are entitled to an 'Eye Health Examination' which involves a more in-depth assessment. If you have an acute or sudden eye problem, then you can also be seen under the WECS scheme, either by contacting us directly or from being referred by your GP. This is all covered by the NHS and Welsh government funding, irrelevant of your financial circumstances.

A sudden eye problem would include:

  • Red eye
  • Painful eye
  • Sudden vision loss
  • Flashing lights in vision
  • Black spots in vision
  • Sticky eyes
  • And many more.

You are entitled to a WECE (Welsh Eye Care Examination) if:

  • You have sight in one eye only, i.e. Uniocular.
  • You have a hearing impairment and are profoundly deaf.
  • You suffer from retinitis pigmentosa.
  • Your family origins are Black African, Black Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi.
  • You are at risk of eye disease by other reasons of race or family history.