What does a magnifier assessment mean?

There are many different strengths and types of magnifier and what may be suitable for one person may not be suitable for another person. That is why before we supply a magnifier we carry out an assessment to make sure you get the right magnifier for you and why you cannot obtain a magnifier on behalf of someone else.

To make an appointment for a magnifier assessment, please telephone our Helpline between 9.30am and 12.30pm Monday to Thursday.
Appointments last for 1 hour and take place at our premises in Keighley. Unfortunately, we are unable to carry out home visits. When you arrive, please come to our Registered Office at 1 Albert Street (unless you have been told otherwise).

Please bring with you:- 

  • Any glasses you wear – both reading and distance
  • Any magnifiers that you currently use
  • Something you would like to be able to read (not a newspaper)

We start the assessment by asking you some questions about the sort of problems you are having and how you would like to use the magnifier. For example, do you want something just to use at home or take out with you? We may also ask questions about the lighting you have in your home, as improving your lights can also help improve how you see objects.

You will then be able to try out different types of magnifiers. The reason we ask you to bring any glasses or magnifiers you are currently using is so that you can compare them with our display magnifiers.

We do not keep any stock, so once you have chosen your magnifier we will order it for you. You do not need to pay until you pick up your magnifier. When your magnifier arrives we will telephone you to arrange collection. Payment can be made by cash or cheque made payable to sight airedale. We are unable to accept credit/debit card payments.

We are not part of the NHS so there is a charge for any magnifier that we supply, whilst our magnifiers are not free they are supplied at cost. The NHS does offer a free Hospital Low Vision Service. For a referral speak to your GP.

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