Advice for blind and partially sighted people during COVID-19
During this time, you may be concerned about attending eye clinic appointments.
Hospitals have rearranged their clinics to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
You can always call the hospital to seek advice.
If you have a sudden change in your vision or new symptoms, contact your optician or eye doctor immediately. It is important you seek help, please don’t ignore symptoms.
Moorfields Eye Hospital are offering virtual emergency appointments for existing patient and those who live locally to the hospital. Visit the Moorfields Eye Hospital website for information on emergency eye care.
Shopping for food and essentials
Supermarkets are changing their delivery services to prioritise the needs of clinically vulnerable people. But we know many people are still struggling.
Getting out and about
It’s really important for your mental and physical health that you still go outside and get exercise.
If you don’t live with someone who is able to guide you, think about using your cane to alert people to your sight loss when you go out.
Alternatively, you can let others know of your proximity verbally and that you are unaware of exactly where they are.
During this time, it’s especially important you stay connected with the outside world. Having regular contact with people will help you to stay feeling positive.
- have Skype calls with family and friends
- join a support group through the RNIB helpline
- sign up for a call with Guide Dogs
- join a sight loss forum.
0303 123 9999
Monday–Friday, 8am–8pm and Saturdays, 9am–5pm.
Their advisors can:
- give you help and advice on living with sight loss
- connect you to local support
- help you sign up to telephone and online support groups.
Using the same number, you can also listen to pre-recorded information on the coronavirus and the Government’s response.
Guide Dogs’ COVID-19 information line
0800 781 1444
Guide Dogs helps adults and families of children with sight loss.
Their advisors can:
- give you information about living actively and independently
- give you advice about keeping well during the coronavirus outbreak
- help you access services from other providers.
The London Vision website has a variety of COVID-19 resources including:
- current news
- lockdown blogs
- a newsletter.
Blind Aid provide Community Sight Support services across London, including in Lewisham.
Blind Aid offer weekly telephone calls for emotional support and practical advice.
Call 020 7403 6184 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a question or need more information you can the contact Lewisham Visual Impairment Team via Adult Social Care on 0208 314 7777.