University of Edinburgh

VI Scotland Where can you go from here?

Welcome to a guide for parents with Visually Impaired children

We would like to thank Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, especially Lynn Speedwell for their kind permission to produce a Scottish version of this booklet.

We would also like to thank Visual Impairment Scotland, Greater Glasgow NHS Board and North Ayrshire Council, Sensory Impairment Service for helping to fund the production of this booklet.


This booklet contains some of the information you may need after your child has been diagnosed as having a visual impairment. Unfortunately it can never be complete but we do hope that it is useful and provides some answers to some of your questions and guides you towards the most appropriate help.

You may want to know more about the diagnosis and outcome and because of the stress of your visit; you may not remember all that you were told. The doctor will understand this.

If a follow up appointment was not made and you would like to speak to the ophthalmologist (eye doctor) again please do telephone the hospital and ask to speak to the secretary for the ophthalmic clinic. S/he can then either arrange an appointment for you or ask the consultant to phone or write to you at home.

Make a list of the things that you wish to discuss with the doctor so that you do not forget them. (This is a very useful tip). If you are unable to contact the consultant, your GP may be able to advise you.

You may find it helpful to take a relative or friend to the next appointment to remind you of the information discussed.