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Orthoptic Low Vision Services Get to know our orthoptists

We’re proud to announce the arrival of two new orthoptists at Guide Dogs Victoria. An orthoptist is a university-trained allied health professional who can offer a unique and versatile set of skills to assist people with low vision, and their friends and families.

Orthoptists work in a variety of settings and can offer support for people of all ages. Our two specialists, Kate and Khoa, are now on hand to assist you in identifying and achieving your daily goals.

Orthoptic Low Vision Services Understand your level of functional vision and learn techniques to read different printed materials.

If you have low vision, Orthoptists are often the first port of call at Guide Dogs because they can support you to understand your level of ‘functional vision’, (the amount of residual vision you can use in your daily life to participate in reading and other tasks.

Once you understand your level of functional vision, an Orthoptist can provide strategies and recommend equipment to support your specific vision goals.

Orthoptic Low Vision Services What are some common goals an Orthoptist can help with?

This really depends on your level of vision, what you’re hoping to achieve, and the type of equipment that may work best for you. Common goals include:

  • Reading books, newspapers or magazines or doing hobbies for enjoyment
  • Reading your mail independently and ensuring all your sensitive information is private
  • Reading prices and labels in shops and supermarkets or menus when out
  • Reading medications and identifying different ingredients in food products. How to position yourself so that you can watch TV or movies more comfortably
  • Reading street signs and public transport indicator boards.
Woman at train station with guide dog

Orthoptic Low Vision Services Who can receive support from an orthoptist?

Our orthoptist services are available to people of all ages, with different levels of vision loss. This includes:

  • People with recent vision loss
  • People with long-standing vision loss
  • Children and young adults with vision loss who are working towards age appropriate development
Rory and Gideon

Orthoptic Low Vision Services When should I consider contacting an orthoptist?

You can get in touch with our orthoptists at any point. They will assist you to identify and work towards your personal goals. However, the following prompts may provide you with some insights into how—and when—an orthoptist’s support may be useful.

  • If you are looking for more detailed information around a specific vision condition: orthoptists can provide greater insight into your specific condition, associated treatments, potential benefits or services you can access, details around driving or other daily tasks, and more.
  • If you are having trouble reading text: including personal mail or bills, newspapers, magazines, price tags or labels, or computer screens.
  • If you are having trouble writing: including letters, notes, shopping lists, completing crosswords or puzzles, forms, cheques, or signatures.
  • If you are having trouble reading or processing information from distance: including signs, traffic signals, train or plane information boards, bus or tram numbers, or PowerPoint presentations at work or school.
  • If you have a heightened sensitivity to glare: whether inside or outdoors.
  • If you are having difficulty adapting to changes in lighting: including difficulty seeing at night, in the dark, or in different environments at home, work, or school.
  • If you are experiencing challenges in social or recreational situations: including difficulties recognising faces, watching TV or films, participating in sport, craftwork, theatre, or attending galleries.

Orthoptic Low Vision Services Referrals

We welcome referrals and enquiries from individuals, families, health professionals, and community organisations.
For further information:

Guide Dogs Victoria
Private Bag 13
Chandler Highway
Kew, Victoria, 3101

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NAVIGATE FUNDING Could you access this support via NDIS?

Have you checked your eligibility to access this support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? Many people include this support as part of their NDIS plan.

If you’re eligible for the NDIS, we can cut through the jargon, assist with your plan—or pre-planning—and get you on the path towards your personal goals. You can request free Support Coordination or find out more about your potential eligibility to access this service through the NDIS now.

If you’re older than 65, funded supports are accessed through the aged care system. You can register with My Aged Care by contacting their help line on 1800 200 422.

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