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

New features in Version 3

  • A wide range of new indicators, including 2015-based living with sight loss estimates, district level data, ophthalmology appointments, local labour market indicators and information on access to sight loss advisors around the UK.
  • Up to ten areas can now be selected in custom tables to provide easy access to all the data.
  • A new benchmarking report allowing users to compare key local authority indicators to the country benchmark and other authorities.
  • Updated user guide and guidance notes to reflect the changes from Version 2.

Schedule of updates

This data tool will be undergo minor updates and will be re-published every three months. Planned updates are due to be published:
  • 4 July 2016
  • 3 October 2016

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 2015 and how this will change by 2020
  • number of ophthalmology appointments in eye clinics in Birmingham, and whether patients in the local major NHS Trusts have access to a sight loss advisor
  • 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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