This data tool provides information about blind and partially sighted people and those at risk of sight loss at a local level throughout the UK.

Download the latest version of our Sight Loss Data Tool

The  RNIB’s Sight Loss Data Tool is the UK’s biggest collection of eye health datasets. The product collates a wide range of publically available datasets and allows users to view local area data easily in one of three different automated reports. The full report tells a tailored story about the local area; custom tables allow users to compare data for up to ten national or local areas; and the benchmarking report shows users how local areas compare to their region and nation, across a set of key indicators.
In the data tool, you can find information by local authority, region or country including: 
  • The estimated number of people living with severe sight loss
  • Projected change in sight threatening eye conditions over the next 15 years
  • The number of ophthalmology appointments in local NHS Trusts
  • The number of working age people registered blind
The Sight Loss Data Tool was downloaded approximately 4,000 times in 2015. It is a vital evidence source for a wide range of organisations in the sight loss sector and supports activities such as campaigning, service improvement and securing funding.

New data in Version 3.6

We have updated some local authority datasets in the Sight Loss Data Tool Version 3.6. These updates include:

  • New figures from the register of blind and partially sighted people, 2017. These are at local authority level in England and Wales and Health and Social Care Trust level in Northern Ireland. 
  • The number of people newly registered blind or partially sighted in 2016/17 for England and Northern Ireland. In England, this is compared with 2013/14 data to show local trends in new registrations.
  • Certification of Vision Impairment (CVI) 2015/16 figures and rates for England.
  • Ophthalmology appointment figures for 2016/17 for all UK nations.
  • Ophthalmology waiting time data 2016 and 2017 comparison for Welsh and Scottish Health Boards. Includes performance against the 12 week target in NHS Scotland and 26 week target in NHS Wales.
  • Updated ECLO location data for hospitals and NHS Trusts in England.

The data tool now include instructions to advise users how to save any report as a PDF file for sharing with stakeholders. Whilst in the desired report, go to 'save as' and in the 'save as type' drop down box, select PDF. The PDF is accessible by screenreaders however it does not include styled headings.

Schedule of updates

We're currently working on version 4 of the Sight Loss Data Tool, changing up the current format and updating some key datasets. This will be released later in 2018. If you have any feedback or requests for the new version, we'd like to hear from you, please contact [email protected]

Why this data is useful

Our Sight Loss Data Tool supports the work of the UK Vision Strategy and RNIB. It is available for you to use free of charge.
One key activity supported via the Sight Loss Data Tool is building an evidence base for health commissioning. Each local authority is responsible for maintaining a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), which reports on the health and wellbeing needs of local people. It also looks ahead at emerging challenges and projected need in the future.

We want to make sure the needs of blind and partially sighted people and those at risk of sight loss are taken into account in these planning documents.

By providing robust evidence on sight loss and those at risk of sight loss at a local level, the data tool can also support a range of other activities such as:

  • fundraising
  • influencing
  • marketing and communications
  • service and strategic planning

Contact us

We believe that providing good evidence at a local level is important and we plan to further develop this Sight Loss Data Tool in the future. If you have any feedback or suggestions or questions, please email us at [email protected]. Please allow at least five working days for someone in the team to get back to you.