Facts about sight loss

  • Every 6 minutes someone is told they're going blind
  • Every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK 
  • People in the UK living with sight loss:
    • Today 2.0million
    • By 2030 2.7million
    • By 2050 4.0million
  • Estimated prevalence of main eye diseases in the UK:
    • Age-related macular degeneration 600,000 people
    • Glaucoma 500,000 people
    • Cataract 500,000 people
    • Diabetic retinopathy 144,000 people
  • In the UK, 79% of people aged 64 and over are living with sight loss
  • 25,000 children in Britain are blind or partially sighted
  • How many people fear losing their sight?
    • 78% of people stated that sight is the sense that they fear losing the most
    • 25% of the adult population are not having an eye test every 2 years
  • £3.3million Fight for Sight committed to research in 2017/18
  • £8million Fight for Sight commitment to active research projects