Coming to terms with the loss of sight can be an enormous uphill struggle for those who have to face the experience. Being told by an Ophthalmologist that there is no more than can be done comes to many as a shock and creates uncertainty and fear for the future and in many cases a feeling of uselessness.
The information people receive at this crucial time may determine whether they face this new challenge with confidence and the knowledge that there is someone out there to help them overcome the difficulties ahead.
Eye Clinic Liaison Officer’s are present at eye units at St. Paul’s and Walton Hospitals. They can provide the following:
- Offer initial emotional support and also refer to formal counselling services if required.
- Information to help people understand reasons for visual loss
- Information and guidance as to the different types of visual aids and equipment available
- Information about registration concessions / benefits for blind and partially sighted people
- A benefits referral system regardless of registration status
- Rehabilitation Information
- Information about other local organisations for the visually impaired
- Employment Information
- Education Information
To contact the eye clinic liaison officer at St. Paul’s eye hospital please telephone Helen George 0151 706 2000 ext. 3995: Bleep 740
To contact the eye clinic liaison officer at Aintree - Hilary Butter please telephone 0151 529 0138