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 in the zipfile below.

The RNIB’s Sight Loss Data Tool is the UK’s biggest collection of eye health datasets. It collates a wide range of publicly available datasets and allows users to view local area data easily in a report or as data tables.

Version 4 reports are formatted as accessible word documents telling a tailored story about the area through key statistics. All the data is still available in the excel tool, along with the custom tables which allows users to compare data for up to ten areas.

With the Sight Loss Data Tool, you can read the report for, or find the data by local authority, region or country. Datasets include:

  • The estimated number of people living with severe sight loss and projected change

  • The number of people registered as blind or partially sighted by age group

  • The estimated number of people living with sight threatening eye conditions and projected change

  • The number of local ophthalmology appointments by health authority area

  • The estimated cost of sight loss

  • Demographic data

The Sight Loss Data Tool was downloaded by over 2,000 unique users in 2018. It is a vital evidence source for a wide range of organisations in the sight loss sector and supports work across all elements of the sector including campaigning, service improvement and fundraising.

What’s new in Version 4.2?

Due to user issues with broken hyperlinks in the ‘start here’ file (likely down to a Microsoft update), it has been removed from version 4.2. We now recommend accessing the word reports through folder navigation or using the search function in your own file explorer to find your desired reports even quicker.

All the datasets are still available in the Microsoft Excel tool. The custom tables give some context for each dataset to help you make the most of the data.

We have also updated some of the key datasets in Version 4.2. These include:

  • Living with sight loss estimates updated to 2020 population projections

  • Sight condition and health condition estimates updated to 2020 population projections

  • Certification of vision impairment data for 2017/18 in England and Wales

  • Outpatient and inpatient activity data for 2018/19

  • Eye clinic ECLO coverage for 2020

  • Benefits data for 2019 (Personal Independence Payment and Disability Living Allowance)

  • SEN data for CYP with vision impairment in 2019

  • NHS sight test data for 2018/19 (except England)

  • Mid-year population estimates for 2019

  • Risk factor health data sets such as smoking prevalence updated to 2018

Schedule of updates

This Sight Loss Data Tool is updated as new data becomes available. New data from the register of blind and partially sighted people, due to be published by NHS Digital in England in 2020, has now been delayed until 25 February 2021. An update to the Data Tool including this key dataset will be made available in March 2021.

Why use the Sight Loss Data Tool?

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.

By providing robust evidence on sight loss and those at risk of sight loss at a local level, the data tool can support a range of activities across the public, charity and private sectors including:

  • fundraising

  • influencing

  • marketing and communications

  • service planning and development

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.

Contact us

We believe that providing good evidence at a local level is important and we plan to further develop the Sight Loss Data Tool in the future. If you have any feedback or suggestions about how we can improve this resource, please email us at [email protected].