Our magnifier appointments help you find the right magnifier for you. There are so many different types and strength of magnifier, so what may work for one person may not work for another. We like you to try several magnifiers to make sure you find what works best for you, it is also why you cannot buy a magnifier on behalf of someone else.
How to make an appointment
To make an appointment for a magnifier assessment, please telephone our Helpline between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm Monday to Thursday. Appointments last for 1 hour and take place at our premises in Keighley.
What to 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)
What happens at a magnifier appointment
We start the appointment 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 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 credit/debit card, cash, cheque (made payable to sight airedale) or bank transfer.
We are not part of the NHS, so there is a charge for any magnifier that we supply. While our magnifiers are not free; they are sold close to cost. The NHS does offer a free Hospital Low Vision Service. For a referral, speak to your GP.