ABOUT US

Optima Low Vision Services Ltd is the UK’s leading designer and supplier of low-vision aids in the UK and increasingly exporting worldwide.

We offer products from simple pocket magnifiers, illuminated magnifiers, anti-glare filters to telescopic aids and electronic video magnifiers. We also provide a low vision assessment and therapy service in many areas within the South West which is funded by the NHS, as well as private consultations (please see our clinic page for details).

In addition Optima provides a wide range of professional training course for organisations and individuals wishing to develop low vision services. Our activity in the research and design of specialist low vision equipment in conjunction with our face to face assessment and therapy service directly to visually impaired people places us in a unique position to understand directly the needs of our visually impaired clients.

Optima Low Vision Services was launched in 1994 by John Collins BA Dip. Soc. Std. CQSW.  John, who has been visually impaired from birth, has been involved in the low vision field since the late 1970’s and has presented research papers at many national and international conferences on low vision issues. He has also published papers on the assessment and rehabilitation of visually impaired people.

Nicholas Collins, who is also visually impaired, is Optima's Low Vision Service Director and was one of the first people in the UK to qualify as a Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT), which is an American qualification. Nicholas is also now prominent in participating in national and international conferences as well as having several articles published.

John, Nicholas and the dedicated professionally qualified team at Optima are passionate about the continuing improvements to low vision services and offer accredited training courses for professionals or volunteers, which are specifically designed to improve the quality of low vision care.

In recent years Optima Low Vision Services have become involved in the research and design of low vision aids and have commissioned a design company and manufacturer to develop and produce our own range of magnifiers based on our years of experience and knowledge, together with feedback from our visually impaired clients.  As a result of this innovative work Optima Low Vision designed items are becoming sought after worldwide.

 In 2006 John Collins developed the training course 'Train the Trainers' for the Macular Society. In 2008 this project won the 'Big Lottery' National Award for the best initiative in the Health and Social Care category. We believe Optima can truly be called the low-vision experts.
 

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