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 the Blind Foundation 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.
Tom Beale, 94, Auckland, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.
Tom can continue to read his mail thanks to the support of the Blind Foundation.
“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.”
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.”
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.”
Jenny Taylor, 75, Orewa, Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy.
Jenny is once again enjoying a life of connection, involvement and independence with the help of the Blind Foundation.
“When the Blind Foundation came into my life, it was like a door opening and light shining in. It was wonderful.”
George Nevill, 64, Hamilton, stroke affected his optic nerve.
He says what helped him most was joining a Blind Foundation peer support group.
“My whole attitude changed. I met people who were positive and were getting on with life.”
June Hieatt, 80, Auckland, Macular Degeneration
June renewed her confidence and sense of accomplishment by joining the Blind Foundation’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.”
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:
- Via a clinic letter, faxed to 09 355 6919, emailed or posted (Private Bag 99941. Newmarket 1149, Auckland) to the Blind Foundation
- Attaching a copy of a letter you may have written to the person or their GP
- Completing a printable Ophthalmic Referral Form (.doc)
- Phoning our Registrations Team on 0800 24 33 33
- Emailing the information above to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contacting one of our local offices
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 the Blind Foundation 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.