A full hour assessment with our specially trained staff costs £35 and provides a tailored service just for you. It includes advice about lighting and magnifiers and information about reading techniques and strategies.

You can try out equipment in a relaxed atmosphere and you have the time to find out what works best for you. Any equipment you decide to purchase can be ordered from our supplier and delivered to you direct.

  • Bring any current spectacles with you and examples of what you want to read, crosswords or other activity
  • Try out different types of lighting – find out what’s best for you, LED or fluorescent?
  • Explore Magnifiers – find the right strength and whether handheld or perhaps a stand magnifier might suit you better
  • Learn how to use the magnifier correctly
  • Find out about reading strategies such as “steady eye technique”
  • Explore whether an electronic magnifier might help you to achieve your aims

If you are experiencing difficulties with reading or close work you may find the following helpful.

Improved Lighting

The right lighting can make a big difference to your everyday life. Lighting needs vary according to individual requirements and a variety of options are available, including fluorescent, daylight and LED. Overhead lighting, daylight and task lighting can all be considered. For many people just improving lighting can be a solution.


What do you want to use a magnifier for? Magnifiers come in a range of different styles and strengths. You should be properly assessed to make sure you have the best magnifier to meet your needs. You also need to know how to use it correctly.

Electronic Magnifiers

Electronic magnifiers can help people to read their correspondence such as bank statements or letters. There are a variety of devices available from a handheld model to a large HD stand alone screen. All magnify text onto a screen.

Hospital Eye Clinic

Bristol Eye Hospital or the Eye Clinic at Weston General Hospital provides a Clinical Low Vision Assessment at their Low Vision Clinics.

A 20-30 minute clinical assessment measures visual acuity to identify the strength of magnifier needed. Training in the use of the magnifier is not included and there is no advice about lighting, electronic magnifiers, strategies or techniques.

There is no charge for this service and magnifiers are issued free of charge. You will need a referral from your GP unless you have been a hospital eye patient within the last 12-18 months.

Contact us to book an appointment.