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Why should I refer to Vision Australia?

People with vision loss are three times more likely to suffer depression, and twice as likely to experience a decrease in their social independence1.

The allied health team at Vision Australia complement the work of eye care professionals. Our vision loss experts help people use their remaining vision to navigate their environment safely, prevent falls and get back to social activities.

Our NDIS and My Aged Care funding experts make it easy for people to navigate these schemes to get the most out of their packages.

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When should I refer to Vision Australia?

When vision loss starts to impact daily living, it’s time to refer to Vision Australia. We use existing vision to help people continue to do the things they love, whilst preparing for future changes. We can provide these services upon diagnosis and during medical treatment.

When to refer:

  • upon diagnosis of a permanent, non-correctable or progressive eye condition; and/or
  • when vision loss starts to impact daily activities such as getting around safely or reading; and/or
  • when glasses no longer correct vision or when they need support adjusting to vision loss.

Vision Australia services

We exist to help people who are blind or have vision loss to live the life they choose. Our services include:

  • aids and equipment via our shop
  • technology training on phones, computers and tablets
  • specialised support to remain independent and get around safely
  • specialised children’s services
  • access to social and recreational groups
  • education and employment support
  • audio materials for learning and leisure
  • NDIS and My Aged Care support

Free vision loss resources

We provide valuable resources to help medical and health professionals and their support teams care for people who are blind or have low vision. These free resources can also be helpful in communicating with families and carers. You can download most resources or complete an order form to receive free printed copies.

Referral pad

In addition to referring online, Vision Australia provides free printed referral pads for medical and health professionals. 

Download a printed referral form. (PDF, 93KB) 
Download an order form for printed referral pads. (PDF, 505KB)

Fact sheets

Vision Australia has a large range of free eye condition fact sheets including: age related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, keratoconus, optic atrophy, retinitis pigmentosa, stroke, and more.

Click here to view and download eye condition fact sheets

Large print brochures

Vision Australia provides a range of free large-print service brochures including: help when vision starts to change, audio books and library services, children’s and adult’s services, and our social and recreational groups, to name a few.

Click here to view and download large-print brochures 
Download and complete an order form (PDF, 505KB)

Simulation glasses and DL cards

Vision Australia can provide disposable glasses that simulate five eye conditions: Cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

We also provide a DL card that simulates all five of these eye conditions. Both give sighted people a very brief insight into what vision may be like with these eye conditions. The DL cards are free. The glasses are free but orders of 25 or more cost $1.50/pair.

To order, email your request to info@visionaustralia.org

More vision loss resources

 


1 Centre for Eye Research Australia, Clear Insight: The Economic Impact and Cost of Vision Loss in Australia, Aug 2004