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Visual Impairment Team

  • Macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes, retinitis pigmentosa, hemianopia, cataracts…
  • Difficulties crossing roads, pouring drinks, setting the oven, reading, telling the time, recognising people’s faces…

These are just some of the eye conditions and difficulties that visually impaired people deal with on a daily basis. With support from the Visual Impairment Team many of these problems can be overcome.

 

The VI team are a specialist service hosted by Bedford Borough Council, but remain a shared service covering both Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. The Team are based in Bedford, with one member based in the Dunstable area.

 

What do we do?

We work with people of all ages with a visual impairment whose sight cannot be corrected by glasses or medical treatment. The majority of our referrals come from local and national hospitals for registration purposes, but anyone can refer to us if they are experiencing difficulties with their vision.

 

After an assessment, we can offer a rehabilitation plan tailored to meet a person’s needs. This may include:

  • Instruction on how to complete daily living tasks such as cooking, making drinks, using the telephone, and writing
  • Mobility training to complete local routes independently
  • Appropriate specialist equipment
  • Sign posting to local and national VI services

 

We aim to provide specialist knowledge and support to ensure that people understand their eye condition, regain confidence and independence, and are aware of other services available to them.

 

How to contact us

For initial advice and information, or to make a referral, please contact:

 

The Visual Impairment Team
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Bedford
MK42 9AP

Tel:  01234 718318

Fax: 01234 276563

Email: visualimpairment@bedford.gov.uk

 

Useful information

Download our leaflet here - Help for people with a visual impairment

Download the large print version of the leaflet - Help for people with a visual impairment

Download our Information booklet for people with a visual impairment

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