If you have recently experienced a change in your sight, a change in your working environment or a change of job you may need help and support to stay in work. This section gives an overview of the support and services that can help you. Remember - sight loss should not equal job loss.

It is common for people who are going through changes at work or who are not getting the support they need to feel anxious and unsure of what to do. When you are in this situation it is important to get further advice. There are a range of products and services that can help you do your job to the best of your ability. In addition to the advice found in this section, we also produce a more detailed factsheet covering staying in work.

Staying in work factsheet

Equality Act

The Equality Act says that employers have a legal duty to make 'reasonable adjustments' for disabled people. Reasonable adjustments may include:

  • Providing a blind or partially sighted person with a reader or adapted computer with large character, braille display or speech output

  • Providing time off when an employee develops sight loss for rehabilitation/assessment

  • Reallocating some minor duties to another colleague.

For more details please see the Disclosure and the Equality Act 2010.

Staying in work checklist

Read about the different steps you should take to help you stay in work, from expectations to talking to your employer.

Let's Work Together

Our new booklet, Let's Work Together, explains why sight loss can be less of a problem in the workplace than you might think. It’s a simple and straight forward guide designed to help employers keep workers with sight loss. Use it to start a conversation or help your employer understand more.

Let's Work Together booklet (PDF, 765KB)