Table 2

Overview of low vision service provision

Type of providerNo responseNo service providedProviders that only sell low vision aidsProviders of low vision servicesTotal providing some form of help (column 4 + column 5)
HED = hospitals with eye departments; SSD = social services/social work departments; VO = local societies/voluntary organisations for people with visual impairment; OP = opticians/optometry practices; ST = specialist teachers, UC = universities/colleges with optometry/optical dispensing courses.
HED0 (0%)97 (35%)0 (0%)180 (65%)180 (65%)
SSD0 (0%)82 (46%)5 (3%)90 (51%)95 (54%)
VO1 (1%)98 (52%)44 (23%)47 (25%)91 (48%)
OP6 (1%)390 (36%)448 (41%)246 (23%)694 (64%)
ST0 (0%)135 (66%)0 (0%)70 (34%)70 (34%)
UC0 (0%)1 (17%)0 (0%)5 (83%)5 (83%)
Total7 (0%)803 (41%)497 (26%)638 (33%)1135 (59%)