Biggest source of UK sight loss data now available
Thursday, 9 June 2016
Do you know how many children near you have vision impairment? Or the number of young people who have an Education, Health and Care plan? The RNIB Sight Loss Data Tool will tell you.
The online tool is an extensive Excel database that allows users to access a reliable, up to date picture of sight loss in the UK. The one-stop-data-shop compiles a huge range of information that can be used to show the vast number important facts from the number of people living with a particular sight condition to the total number of eye clinic appointments.
“The Sight Loss Data Tool is the biggest collection of eye health datasets in the country. It is an excellent resource for anyone who works in the sight loss sector and is looking for facts and statistics about people living with, or at risk of, sight loss", said Emma Edwards, Data Analyst at RNIB.
Emma continued: “One of the many things the tool can be used for is to compare data from different districts. For example, you can see if there are more people living with glaucoma in Bristol than in Cardiff, or whether people living in Staffordshire have equal access to sight loss advisor services as people in Warwickshire.”
How the tool can be used
The latest version has been 12 months in the making and brings together hundreds of pieces of data from publically available documents. Users can compare data from across the UK, local authorities, age ranges and sight loss conditions including:
Up to date 2015 population data
Projections of eye conditions until 2030
The number of ophthamologist appointments
Whether an eye clinic has access to ECLOs
Health indicators such as smoking prevalence
And much more.
Who’s the tool for?
The data tool is beneficial to a number of public and private bodies, including local authorities, local sight loss charities, commissioners of support services, public health teams and local and national campaigning teams. The information, when used alongside expert local knowledge, can strengthen the evidence base for a variety of activities including influencing, fundraising and service development.
The data tool will be updated every three months to make sure users have access to the most up to date data