FAQs for journalists

We have a huge amount of information and statistics about sight loss but here are some answers to the common questions we are asked by journalists.

If you need further facts or figures, please contact the PR Team on 0207 391 2223 or pressoffice@rnib.org.uk

Who are your spokespeople?

If you are looking for a quote or an interview, we have a number of experts who can help you. Read about our key spokespeople.

What kind of case studies can you offer?

We have a number of blind and partially sighted people who are happy to share their stories and speak to journalists. Let us know what type of case study you are looking for and we will do our best to match you up. For further infomation please contact the PR Team on 0207 391 2223 or pressoffice@rnib.org.uk.

Where are your media releases kept?

You can find our media releases on our website.

I'm a journalism student or student film maker and I'd like some information or a case study, could you provide this?

As we are a very busy team we do have to prioritise requests from journalists, however we will help you if we can. Email your request to pressoffice@rnib.org.uk

How many blind and partially sighted people are there in the UK?

"Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss."
Source: Access Economics, 2009

Almost two million people have a sight problem which has a serious impact on their daily lives. That's about one person in thirty. It includes people who are registered blind and partially sighted, and all the other people whose sight problems have a significant impact on daily activities.

What are the most common forms of blindness?

The five leading causes of sight loss in the UK are refractive error, age-related macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Access Economics, 2009 

How many people in the UK are registered as blind or partially sighted?

"Around 360,000 people are registered blind or partially sighted in the UK."

Please note that not all people who are blind or partially sighted are registered.

Other resources

Knowledge and research hub

We are a leading source of information on sight loss and the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people. Access our statistics, evidence and reports in our research hub.

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