Take action and next steps
There is a range of practical help and emotional support available for you if you are living with sight loss.
You can find useful contacts here.
For practical advice on living and working with sight loss, information on national and local services, and advice on getting help from your local council, contact our Helpline. You can call us on 0303 123 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find information about products to help you with daily life from:
- RNIB's Online Shop
- RNIB and Action for Blind People's resource centres
- the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email email@example.com
- your local social services team, who should also be able to provide you with free rehabilitation training to help you get about and live more independently. By registering your sight loss with your local council you can also get access to a range of concessions.
Read more about the help that social services can give you to live independently:
- Starting out - Help from social services (Word, 75 KB)
- Starting out - Help from social services (PDF, 2.23 MB)
It's also worthwhile asking your GP for a referral to a low vision clinic. Here you can get help to make the most of your remaining sight, including an assessment to find out which magnifying devices, lighting and other low vision equipment could most help you in your daily life. You'll get the chance to try out some of the equipment and you may even be given some equipment free of charge.
Read more about what happens during a low vision assessment and how you can make the most of your remaining sight:
- Starting out - Making the most of your sight (PDF, 1357 KB)
- Starting out - Making the most of your sight (Word, 58 KB)
Support groups and programmes
Talking to and meeting people who have had similar experiences to you can be really helpful. If you're looking for support, here are a few avenues to explore:
Hospital eye clinics
Some of these provide information and advice services run by voluntary groups.
Groups for particular eye conditions
There are support groups for people with a particular eye condition, such as age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma and many more. We can help you find out if there's an organisation covering your condition: call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999, email firstname.lastname@example.org or search the Sightline Directory.
Local voluntary organisations
These may offer information and befriending services, equipment to help you in your daily life that you can try or buy, as well as the chance to socialise and learn new skills. Find a local society near you in the Sightline Directory.
RNIB sight loss support programmes
Our sight loss support programmes give you the chance to meet people in a similar situation, and discuss solutions to emotional and practical problems.
Support for families
Call Look UK (The National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children) on 0121 428 5038 or email email@example.com, and you could also contact the National Blind Children's Society by calling 01278 764770 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. RNIB Cymru provides this service in Wales. Call 02920 828500.
Talking and socialising
For chat and support our telebefriending service can help.
We're here to help
Our Helpline is your direct line to the support, advice, and products you need to face the future with confidence. If you or someone you know has a sight problem, our specialist advice workers can help.Contact Us