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What sort of help is available?

Your sight loss may vary from day to day, and this may affect how much help you need or want.

How an ECLO can help you

Your Eye Clinic at the hospital may have an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO). They can provide you with information and advice on getting the help and support that you need.

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The emotional impact of sight loss

It’s very common to experience a wide range of emotions when losing your sight. In this section we have put together some ideas that may help you.

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Talking to other people and finding out what’s in your local area

It may help to talk with friends, family or others around you who are willing to listen. It may also help to talk to people who have had similar experiences and understand what you’re going through.

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Who you can talk to

There are many organisations that provide free telephone counselling for different eye conditions.

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Getting out and about

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides a service called ‘My Guide’, which helps if you’re feeling less confident about getting around.

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Low vision

The vast majority of people who are issued with a CVI (Certificate of Visual Impairment) will retain some sight.

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How an ECLO can help you

Your Eye Clinic at the hospital may have an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO). They can provide you with information and advice on getting the help and support that you need.

Your Eye Clinic at the hospital may have an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO). They can provide you with information and advice on getting the help and support that you need.

This includes assistance with understanding the certification and registration process, accessing emotional support and counselling, if necessary, and providing information on sight rehabilitation and other services in the community, such as referring to your local council and voluntary organisations.

If there are no ECLOs at your Eye Clinic, RNIB’s telephone-based Sight Loss Advisers are available on 0303 123 9999 and provide advice on anything about living with sight loss, including coping in the early stages, living independently, using technology, employment, legal rights, financial benefits and more.

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We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Published on Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:06:27 GMT
Modified on Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:04:24 GMT

The emotional impact of sight loss

It’s very common to experience a wide range of emotions when losing your sight. In this section we have put together some ideas that may help you.

It’s common for people to experience feelings of shock, denial and despair when they lose their sight, but usually these are temporary and will lessen over time. It’s natural to feel down, but if you’re struggling, we would advise you to talk to your GP or another healthcare professional and to find out what help and support they can give you.

I lost sight in my right eye many years ago and have had over 10 operations on my left eye. I know that it’s hard at first – it was for me. There is help out there, and you’re not on your own. – Jenny

Your sight loss may vary from day to day, and this may affect how much help you need or want.

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We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Published on Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:02:55 GMT
Modified on Tue, 09 Feb 2021 17:14:24 GMT

Talking to other people and finding out what’s in your local area

It may help to talk with friends, family or others around you who are willing to listen. It may also help to talk to people who have had similar experiences and understand what you’re going through.

It may help to talk with friends, family or others around you who are willing to listen. It may also help to talk to people who have had similar experiences and understand what you’re going through.

Your local sight loss charity can put you in touch with other people in your area, and offer support for partners, family members and friends. Visionary is the umbrella organisation for sight loss charities across the country, providing you with details of your local sight loss charity.

Visit www.visionary.org.uk for more information. Visit the Sightline Directory for more information on your local services www.sightlinedirectory.org.uk

You may also find it helpful to find out about the activities that are available for people with sight loss in your area. Local sight loss charities have lots of information, advice and practical solutions for people with sight loss.

Another good place to meet other people with similar experiences is RNIB Connect. You can share your experiences, hear what others are going through, and learn and find solutions to some of the difficulties you’re facing. You can also connect with people, find out about activities and services in your local area, and join telephone groups or chat online to discuss your sight condition, and the way technology can help you to stay independent. For more information, call RNIB’s Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk/connect

RNIB Connect Radio is made by and for people with sight loss. It broadcasts nationally with a variety of shows to suit all tastes. It has lots of information about living with sight loss. You can hear RNIB Connect Radio on Freeview Channel 730, online, or digitally via Radioplayer and Tunein apps.

People who have served in the Armed Forces, including National Service, are eligible for specialist support from Blind Veterans UK. This includes social activities and respite breaks. They also help people to learn new skills and hobbies. For more information, call 0800 389 7979 or visit www.blindveterans.org.uk

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We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Published on Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:14:47 GMT
Modified on Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:22:09 GMT

Who you can talk to

There are many organisations that provide free telephone counselling for different eye conditions.

There are many organisations that provide free telephone counselling for different eye conditions. For example, age-related macular degeneration is the largest cause of sight loss, and the Macular Society has a team of professional counsellors who have been trained to listen, to help people talk through their feelings, and to find ways of dealing with them. To contact the Macular Society, call 0300 3030 111 or visit www.macularsociety.org. RNIB offer several options via their Helpline on 0303 123 9999, including peer support groups, advice, practical and emotional support.

You may find it useful to look up your condition on the internet to get the details of other organisations that are able to help you. There are a number of other things that you may find helpful, such as joining a telephone befriending service, or relaxing through yoga, meditation, mood music and audiobooks. If you want more information, contact your local sight loss charity or RNIB’s helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.sightlinedirectory.org.uk. Some people have also found religion or their faith to be beneficial.

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We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Published on Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:23:24 GMT
Modified on Mon, 22 Feb 2021 14:41:52 GMT

Getting out and about

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides a service called ‘My Guide’, which helps if you’re feeling less confident about getting around.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides a service called ‘My Guide’, which helps if you’re feeling less confident about getting around.

The service trains volunteers to use sighted-guiding techniques to help you to get to the places you want to go to, with confidence and on your own terms. You may want to learn or re-learn familiar routes to get to the shops, or to maintain your fitness. Training can also be provided for your friends and family to learn simple and safe guiding techniques to help you. For more information, call 0800 953 0113, email myguide@guidedogs.org.uk or visit www.guidedogs.org.uk

The 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.

This site is brought to you by many organisations working together www.sightadvicefaq.org.uk.

Type your question into the search box or use the menu to find what you’re looking for.

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We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Published on Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:26:48 GMT
Modified on Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:04:51 GMT

Low vision

The vast majority of people who are issued with a CVI (Certificate of Visual Impairment) will retain some sight.

The vast majority of people who are issued with a CVI (Certificate of Visual Impairment) will retain some sight. There is equipment and there are techniques to help you to make the most of the vision that you have.

We strongly recommend that you have a low vision assessment, as there are plenty of things that can be achieved with the right help.

Your low vision service

Your local low vision service can provide support and further information on sight loss. The low vision service will assess and train you to use magnifiers, lighting and low vision equipment. These are available on long term loan from councils/NHS services, including, in some areas, schemes based at local Optometrists or local sight loss charities. Low vision services across the country are delivered by different organisations. For example, they may be based in your local hospital or may be provided by a local sight loss charity. You can ask your Eye Doctor (Ophthalmologist) or the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer about your nearest low vision service.

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We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Published on Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:28:36 GMT
Modified on Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:05:20 GMT

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We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Published on Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:32:02 GMT
Modified on Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:22:16 GMT

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