Eye Clinic Liaison Officers are able to offer support, advice and information for anyone affected by sight loss.  This can be immediately after diagnosis of an eye condition or at a later date or time to suit the person.  ECLOs also provide support for ongoing eye conditions.

They are able to identify which services can best meet the individual needs of the person, for example, they can provide advice on a range of matters including:

•           Living with sight loss and remaining independent

•           Details on latest aids and equipment

•           Benefits on concessions the person could be entitled to

•           Education, employment, housing and leisure

•           Eye conditions and treatment information

•           Emotional support

•           The advantages of certification and registration

An important part of their role is to inform people about the impact of sight loss and its effect on independence.  ECLOs can offer visual awareness training to staff and advise them how the hospital environment can impact on people living with a visual impairment, as well as offering support to staff working with people who have a visual impairment.

If you have any queries re the above or would like further information please call Ceri Hudson, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at Musgrove Park Hospital on 01823 344 155/07834 395 317 or Lesley Beevor, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at Yeovil District Hospital on 07712 232 698.