IRIS is a local charity established by local visually impaired people which takes it’s name from the ambitions they expressed when they formed the organization in the early 1990s – to achieve Independence and Rehabilitation for those with Impaired Sight. It became a registered charity in March 1995 and a few years later acquired its own premises in Chapel Street, Crewe, which it developed as a resource centre. From here a variety of services are run for (and often provided by) visually impaired people, and you can find out more about these by browsing the rest of the web site. Better still, why not visit us to see for yourself. We are situated opposite the Imperial Pub on the corner of Chapel Street and Edleston Road Crewe, not far from Crewe town centre, and about 10 minutes walk from the railway station.
Opening times 9.00 – 4.30 Monday – Thursday
What IRIS Vision Cheshire can do for you
Sight loss can be challenging, and people will deal with it in many different ways. Our approach at IRIS is to understand this, to reflect this in our person-centred approach, and to work with you so that you can face the future with some confidence. This will always involve listening to you, and suggesting professional counselling help if this is needed, but also exploring practical ways of addressing the challenges you face. This may involve arranging an appointment, for example, with our low vision service, or demonstrating aids and equipment which can help you – and supplying it if you wish to purchase – or encouraging you to come to our social events to meet others who are living with sight loss like you – there is much to be gained by talking to others. We can also, if you wish, refer you to other agencies which can help – if you want audio books and newspapers, for example, or help with understanding new technology. IRIS being here means you’re not alone.
Feedback From Our Clients
“Your staff were very kind and considerate at my appointment. I felt able to tell her all the things that were bothering me and am ready to try the various which things I bought and have loaned to me. I now feel ready to get on with living with macular disease.”
“I was very impressed with all the information, both written and verbal, that was provided. I came away knowing much better how to cope with my eye condition!”
“My thanks to all the staff at IRIS. On every occasion they have been friendly, kind and understanding, and have helped me in my understanding of macular disease. I know that if required help and reassurance is at the end of the telephone.”
“Your low vision therapist opened my eyes to what was available!”
“It has made a great difference to my reading ability I wish I had known about your service earlier!”