• One in two people aged 90 and over are living with sight loss.
  • Nearly two-thirds of people living with sight loss are women.
  • People from black and minority ethnic communities are at greater risk of some of the leading causes of sight loss.
  • Adults with learning disabilities are 10 times more likely to be blind or partially sighted than the general population.
  • Only 17 per cent of registered blind and partially sighted people were offered any form of emotional support at the time of diagnosis.
  • In the year after registration, less than 30 per cent of people who lost their sight say they were offered mobility training to help them get around independently.
  • Almost half of blind and partially sighted people feel ‘moderately’ or ‘completely’ cut off from people and things around them.
  • Older people with sight loss are almost three times more likely to experience depression than people with good vision.
  • Only one in four registered blind and partially sighted people of working age are in employment.[1]

[1] RNIB


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