Often the first contact Berkshire Vision has with a visually impaired person is at a Hospital Information Desk based in the Eye Clinics at:
• The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
• King Edward VII Hospital, Prince Charles Eye Unit, Windsor
• West Berks Community Hospital, Thatcham/Newbury
Sarah Short, the ECLO (Eye Clinic Liaison Officer) spends time each week in all three. She can be contacted on 07771 624195.
When newly diagnosed you will get support from the ECLO and any available volunteers at the hospital who will help patients with necessary paperwork and provide information on services available and the way in which the system works.
Most importantly of all, they will sit and listen to a patient, or their family, whilst they express their fears and anxieties about what may lie ahead.
Information, help and advice is also available from Berkshire Vision HQ in Reading. Home visits are available, please contact us for further details.
Visual impairment awareness talks
Informative talks are available to professionals, helping them understand the impact of sight loss. The presentations are available to local health professionals, schools and any other community groups in return for a small donation. For further information contact the office.
We have a comprehensive Resource Centre located at the HQ Office in Reading. You will be able to access aids and adaptations and try out a variety of equipment. Please make an appointment in advance. Call us on 0118 987 2803.
Please note: We are unable to supply white sticks, canes or magnifying glasses. Please seek advice from your Low Vision Clinic.
Open Days are arranged throughout the year so that you can try out this equipment. We also run Focus Days when leading manufacturers come to our offices to demonstrate specific products.
Useful telephone numbers and links
Having an eye examination at least once every two years should be part of everyone’s health care routine.
If you receive a diagnosis a Consultant will decide whether you should be registered for sight impairment.
Becoming a member of Berkshire Vision will give you opportunities to enjoy a raft of services and support from outstanding trips to a full range of sports and leisure activities.Back to top