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Staying in work

People with sight loss succeed in a wide variety of jobs across almost all employment sectors. Just like everyone else, it comes down to having the right training, skills and experience. And just like any other worker, it's about having the right tools to do the job.

If sight loss is something you've always lived with, you'll have learned a range of skills over the years. You might use additional tools to help you complete tasks with little or no sight and you might have adapted to different ways of doing things.

You may have had a change in your vision and only need minor adjustments at work, if any. It might help to use a larger monitor if you work on a computer. Or you might find a handheld magnifier is all you need so you can read information more easily as you go about your tasks at work. Or perhaps it might be that you need more specialist technology or help with travelling to work.

At RNIB, we are very aware that employees don't always have the most inclusive and accessible work environments. You may face problems that are beyond your control, often due to an employer's lack of understanding or desire to deal with barriers. If you need our help with this, please let us know. We'll advise you on how you can deal with this.

If your sight loss is affecting you in your job, there are services and supports to help you stay in work. Whether you have experienced a change in your vision, your working environment or job, this section is for you.


You can call us on 0303 123 999 or email us at [email protected] with any questions you have about staying in work. We can also put you in contact with societies for blind and partially sighted people local to you.

Our Sight Loss Counselling service offers confidential telephone and online support, information and counselling to people experiencing sight loss.