Sight Loss Data Tool

This data tool provides information about blind and partially sighted people and those at risk of sight loss at a local level throughout the UK.

Download the latest version of our Sight Loss Data Tool

Important changes from Version 1 to Version 2

  • Data for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland now included
  • A wide range of new indicators, including general population, children and young people, NHS sight tests, and falls related to sight loss
  • Local authority and custom reports provide easy access to all the data
  • A user guide and some guidance notes have been developed to support the data tool

Version 2.1 

  • Updated figures taken from the recent HSCIC publication on registration in England for the year 2013/14
  • A new indicator based on percentage change in the total number of registered blind and partially sighted people from 2010/11 to 2013/14 (England only). 

Examples of sight loss data available

Examples of information you can find by using the sight loss data tool include:

  • estimated number of people living with sight loss in Barnsley in 2011 and how this will change by 2020
  • number of eye clinics in Birmingham, and what proportion have some form of early reach support in place
  • estimated number of people living with age-related macular degeneration in the North West region.

Why this data is useful

Each local authority is responsible for maintaining a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), which reports on the health and wellbeing needs of local people. It also looks ahead at emerging challenges and projected need in the future.

We want to make sure the needs of blind and partially sighted people and those at risk of sight loss are taken into account in these planning documents.

By providing robust evidence on sight loss and those at risk of sight loss at a local level, the data tool can also support a range of other activities such as:

  • fundraising
  • influencing
  • marketing and communications
  • service and strategic planning

Our sight loss data tool supports work done by the UK Vision Strategy and RNIB. It is available for you to use free of charge.

Contact us

We believe that providing good evidence at a local level is important and we plan to develop this data tool in the future. If you have any feedback or suggestions about how we can improve this resource please email us at

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