Circumstances of people with sight loss

Title: Circumstances of people with sight loss

Author: Sally McManus and Chris Lord, Natcen, Publisher: Natcen and RNIB, Year of publication: 2012

Background

This report provides a secondary analysis of Understanding Society and the Life Opportunities Survey. These are both large-scale general population surveys, and they allow us to use independent survey data to describe the circumstances of people sight loss. In addition, because both are general population surveys, we are able to compare the circumstances of people with sight loss with those of the general population.

Key findings

  • People living with sight loss experience a range of inequalities across many different aspects of their lives.
  • People with sight loss experience more difficulty in accessing health services.    
  • People living with sight loss report having lower feelings of wellbeing.    
  • People living with sight loss are more likely to experience financial hardship.    
  • People living with sight loss face greater restrictions to their participation in education and employment.    
  • People living with sight loss report that they have less choice about how they spend their free time.    
  • Barriers remain to accessing travel, shopping and other activities.     
  • Family members, friends and neighbours provide the vast majority of support.