Talking to children about sight loss

Parents tell us that one of the most difficult parts of finding out that their child has a vision impairment (VI) is knowing how to talk about it with their child.

This can be even more of a challenge if the eye condition is progressive and means that vision will get worse over time. 

Recent Transitions to adulthood research shows that young people have different levels of understanding of their own eye condition, would often like to know more than they do, and have had varying levels of opportunity to talk to other people to find out.

We have produced this guidance to support parents and carers as they think about this issue. We have spoken to parents of children with VI and young people and adults with VI who have told us what was most helpful to them.

Download the tough talks guide (PDF, 1MB)

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Print copies are available by emailing [email protected]