Lions Low Vision Clinic

The Department will periodically contact patients waiting for an outpatient clinic appointment via SMS, with a link to an electronic form.  This is part of routine waitlist auditing to ensure patient details are up to date.  If you receive this SMS, please update your details.


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The Lions Low Vision Clinic is a unit within the Royal Hobart Hospital Eye Clinic, specialising in helping people with poor vision make the best use of their remaining sight.


North South North West Statewide


Low vision is defined as permanent vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses and affects daily functioning.

We carry a wide range of advanced magnifiers, both traditional and electronic, which are available for trial at home. In addition, we can do in-home visits to advise on lighting and safety around the home, arrange for assistance with orientation and mobility training, and help with other support services for the visually impaired.

All services are outpatient and are bulk-billed to Medicare.

Emergency conditions

Non-urgent Clinic

Referral process

Patients require a referral from their optometrist, ophthalmologist (eye doctor) or GP.

Referral must include:

  • Eye Condition/s – attach relevant tests if available
  • Refraction – attach visual field analyses if available
  • Functional difficulties:
    • Reading
    • Cooking
    • Computer use
    • Getting around
    • Medications
    • Glare
    • Television
    • Faces
    • Art/Craft
    • Driving
    • Other

eReferral is now the preferred method of referral for this service and is available in all THS regions. Please refer via HealthLink SmartForm eReferral through your software system (either Best Practice, or Medical Director). For instructions, see Quick Guide: Creating an eReferral.
RHH Low Vision Clinic referral form can be downloaded. Referral pads can be ordered from phone 6166 0118 or email


Proceed to Emergency Department (ED).
LGH ED Reception  – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED* – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED* – Phone: (03) 6493 6351 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Advice for medical practitioners can be given by the Medical Officer In Charge (MOIC) - see HealthPathways Tasmania for contact information.
*MCH and NWRH MOICs request GPs call them prior to referring a patient to ensure the patient is being sent appropriately to a safe destination.

Additional information

For more information please see the Tasmanian HealthPathways website.