Coping with sight loss

Sight is the sense people fear losing the most. Some people will lose their sight slowly while for others it can be sudden. Whatever the situation: help, support and advice are at hand.

Sight Advice FAQ

Sight Advice FAQ answers questions about living with sight loss, eye health or being newly diagnosed with a sight condition. This includes those who are supporting people through their sight loss journey, including parents, partners, carers and friends.

RNIB provide additional advice and information on topics include managing money, employment, accessing benefits, dealing with housing issues, travel and shopping.

Practical support

Support Groups
There are charities and support groups dedicated to supporting people with specific eye conditions and diseases. They provide opportunities for people to share information and experiences. Find a group by searching the RNIB Sightline Directory.

Telephone Support
Losing sight can be a difficult and upsetting experience. Emotional support is available for individuals and their families. The RNIB runs a telephone helpline, call 0303 123 9999.

Many people worry that losing their sight will mean losing their independence. Action for Blind People provides information on a range of independent living issues for people with sight loss. These include managing money, employment, accessing benefits, dealing with housing issues, travel and shopping.

Insight Radio 
Insight Radio is a radio station for blind and partially sighted people. It broadcasts all day every day online at insightradio.co.uk and can also be accessed via the television on Freeview channel 730.

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