Photo of various magnifiers availableFor some people spectacles may not give the required vision due to problems with eyes, making tasks such as reading and writing very difficult. This can be due to many causes such as Macular Degenerationor Diabetes. A low vision assessment involves trying different types of magnifiers and visual aids to get the best and most functional vision possible. This can make a big difference to the quality of life, giving back the ability to read newspapers, for example. Prince & Bates carry out these assessments on behalf of Burton Hospital (funded by the NHS), but in order to be eligible you must first be referred to us from the hospital. However, private low vision assessments and visual aids can also be purchased. A low vision assessment involves trying other products such as magnifiers to see if they can help.