Support services for your patients

We know how important your patients welfare is to you, so we want to let you know about the wide range of services Blind Low Vision NZ has on offer. Our aim is to help your patients live life without limits.

We’re New Zealand’s main provider of practical and emotional help and support for the tens of thousands of Kiwis who are blind or have functional low vision that cannot be corrected by lenses.

If your patients are looking for support on anything from day to day living techniques, getting around, using technology, coping with everyday life or they’re seeking like-minded people to meet, all you have to do is complete the online form, and we’ll take it from there.

Eligibility criteria

If your patients have corrected visual acuity of 6/24 or less or residual field of less than 20 degrees in the better eye, we can help. In addition, we are able to provide vision rehabilitation services and support to patients who see better on the clinical eye tests, but who have significant functional vision difficulties that Blind Low Vision NZ has the expertise and resources to assist with.

We aim to provide your patients with the support and skills they need early in their vision loss journey, so that they are able to make the most of their residual vision and continue to live the life they choose.

Alternative referral options

We encourage you to use our online Ophthalmic Referral Form. There are also a number of other ways you can make a referral:

Client Testimonials

Tom Beale, wearing medals

Tom’s story

Tom Beale, 94, Auckland, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.

Tom can continue to read his mail thanks to the support of Blind Low Vision NZ.

“They provided me with a very good magnifier. It has a light and you just push it across the print. It’s great because now I can read my mail again. It’s a brilliant thing.”

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John Hinchcliff sitting in the library

John’s story

Dr John Hinchcliff, 78, Auckland, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma.

John is working with our mobility specialists on using a white cane so he can maintain his independence.

“The tuition I have had has been very caring and I don’t know what more I could have asked for.”

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Stevi in a field with her dog

Stevi’s story

Stevi Irvine, 20, Matamata, Cone Dystrophy and Nystagmus.

Stevi lives in a small rural community with no public transport but teaming up with her guide dog Halo gave her back her independence.

”Having a guide dog gives me a sense of accomplishment because I am going to be able to do what others can do. There are no limits.”

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Jenny smiling sitting at the table

Jenny’s story

Jenny Taylor, 75, Orewa, Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy.

Jenny is once again enjoying a life of connection, involvement and independence with the help of Blind Low Vision NZ.

“When the Blind Foundation came into my life, it was like a door opening and light shining in. It was wonderful.”

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George wearing outside by a fence

George’s story

George Nevill, 64, Hamilton, stroke affected his optic nerve.

He says what helped him most was joining a Blind Low Vision NZ peer support group.

“My whole attitude changed. I met people who were positive and were getting on with life.”

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June with backpack on

June’s story

June Hieatt, 80, Auckland, Macular Degeneration

June renewed her confidence and sense of accomplishment by joining Blind Low Vision NZ’s peer support groups and recreational activities.

“The Blind Foundation helped me learn how to cope. I used to feel so inadequate but it’s experiences like going on the Outward Bound eight day adventure and personal development course where I can overcome challenges and meet interesting people gives me strength and makes me grateful for what I have, instead of focusing on what I don’t have.”

Read June’s Story