Support: Blindness and Vision Loss

The NHS website is an excellent resource for information on all disabilities. Their content devoted to blindness and vision loss is very comprehensive – here is some of the key info about support groups :

Blindness and vision loss

In the UK, there are almost 2 million people living with sight loss. Of these, around 360,000 are registered as blind or partially sighted.

Being told you have a visual impairment that can’t be treated can be difficult to come to terms with.

Some people go through a process similar to bereavement, where they experience a range of emotions including shock, anger, and denial, before eventually coming to accept their condition.

Support groups

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK’s leading charity for people with vision loss, and it has useful information about coming to terms with sight loss. The RNIB’s helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. The number is 0303 123 9999, with calls costing no more than a standard rate call to an 01 or 02 number. You can also email helpline staff ( The RNIB’s website is specially designed for people with sight loss and provides a wide range of useful information and resources, including an online community and online shop.

Other national charities that specialise in vision loss and you may find useful include:

Local organisations

There are also many local voluntary organisations around the country that help and support people with vision problems. You can find local support organisations on the Visionary website, which allows you to search by postcode.

Registering as blind or partially sighted

The RNIB website has more information about registering your sight loss. GOV.UK has more information about registering vision impairment.