Living With Sight Loss
More than two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives, such as not being able to drive.
- People who are registered blind or partially-sighted
- People whose vision is better than the levels that qualify for registration
- People who are awaiting or having treatment such as eye injections, laser treatment or surgery that may improve their sight
- People whose sight loss could be improved by wearing correctly prescribed glasses or contact lenses.
‘I’ve had to change things or give up things but reading keeps me in touch with who I think I am and that’s why it’s so important to me really.’
Assessing the Impact of Reading for Blind and Partially Sighted Adults, RNIB
Guide 1: What do we know about blind and partially sighted people?
There are 1.2 million people living with sight loss who are aged 75 years and over. There are over 25,000 blind and partially-sighted children aged 16 years and under in the UK. As many as half of these children have other disabilities.
Guide 3: What is visiting your library like for a visually-impaired visitor?
Public libraries are a vital link for people, and we need to make them as accessible as we can. This good practice guidance introduces some key accessibility issues and should, of course, also apply to all library users.
Guide 5: Successfully communicating with visually impaired people
A lot of the time, we talk to people ‘on the go’, throwing comments over our shoulder as we go off to another part of the library. For many library users, this can be confusing, so try to stay still and talk directly to the person.