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South Australians who are blind or vision impaired will have access to state-of-the-art clinical equipment after the Royal Society for the Blind was awarded a $7,000 community grant by Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

The new Auto Chart Projector is an essential assessment tool which offers a clearer projection of eye charts meaning more accurate vision-loss assessments.

The equipment will be used at the Society’s Low Vision Centre which is a free clinic where people with vision impairments can undergo checks for vision loss and any ongoing deterioration.

Centre Coordinator, Andrew Davies said the upgrade of this important clinical equipment would benefit around 1,330 people of all ages who used the service each year.

“The chart projector is used by Ophthalmologists and Optometrists for clients diagnosed as blind or vision impaired,” he said.

“The better our equipment, the better advice and information we can provide about a client’s eye condition and the most appropriate referrals we can offer to other areas including counselling and mobility training.

“Ours is an essential service, and we’re grateful to Slater and Gordon for the grant which will help us continue to offer world’s best practice to our clients.”

Senior personal injury lawyer from Slater and Gordon Lawyers Adelaide office, Tim Downie, said the firm was proud to sponsor organisations like the Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia Inc.

“The Society has made an important impact on the lives of South Australians for around 130 years, and we are so pleased to support it with this new funding,” he said.

“This $7,000 grant will provide a much-needed equipment upgrade for the Society’s Low Vision Centre making sure they can maximise the functioning vision of South Australians.”

Slater and Gordon’s Community Fund was sourced from the firm’s Staff Giving Program which provides employees of the firm with the opportunity to donate a portion of their wages to a fund.

The fund supports community initiatives which help people with disease or disability; promote healthy living for young people; or address inequality and the disadvantaged. The firm also contributes money towards the fund, with organisations able to apply for a grant ranging between $2,500 and a maximum of $10,000.