Our early reach research helps ensure that there is proper emotional and practical support available at the point of diagnosis for everyone losing their sight. 

Demonstrating the impact and economic value of vision rehabilitation

This report identifies that the cost of providing vision rehabilitation is dwarfed by the financial benefits.


Optimeyes aimed to help identify older people with or at risk of sight loss; to address its practical and emotional impact for people across both urban and rural areas; to help older people to better understand their eye condition, learn how to deal with sight deterioration and take control of their lives.
ECLO impact tool: UK wide findings 2015-16

This report is an evaluation of the impact of ECLO services in the UK in 2015-2016.

Certification and registration of children and young people

This report looks at certification and registration in children and young people with Vision Impairment in England.

Economic Impact of Eye Clinic Liaison Officers: A Case Study

RNIB Group Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) provide timely interventions of emotional and practical support to over 16,000 patients diagnosed with sight loss each year. This research used recognised Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology to evidence the cost effectiveness of providing an early intervention ECLO support service. SROI can be used as part of the due diligence process for commissioners considering making an investment.

Early intervention support in eye clinics

This report provides an overview of emotional and practical support in UK eye clinics for the year 2012/13. This is the first report that RNIB has published on early intervention services in the UK since 2007/08. The report concludes with a number of recommendations and supports our new 'Hanging from a thread' campaign briefing which is about protecting existing Eye Clinic Liaison Officer posts at risk of ending in 2014. The campaign also calls for sustainable funding for this vital service.

Certification and Registration Processes

Certification and registration are important processes, which bring together health and social care for blind and partially sighted people. This research documents certification and registration processes from the perspective of professionals and patients, examining the relationship between health and social care and highlighting the related barriers and enablers.

Innovation and quality in services: Eye Clinic Liaison Officers

Eye care service providers face the challenge of addressing increasing visual impairment at the same time as seeking to improve access to treatment and health outcomes. Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) are an innovative way of supporting eye care services, making excellent use of available eye care resources and providing high quality and patient-centred services.

The role of eye clinic liaison officers

In 2009 RNIB commissioned researchers at City University London to conduct the first evaluation of the ECLO role.

Low vision service model evaluation project (LOVESME)

This research investigates the benefits for people with visual impairment of an integrated low vision and rehabilitation pathway, determining whether this integrated approach has additional benefits for users, when compared to standard low vision and rehabilitation care.

Low vision service outcomes

A report that investigates the benefits for of an integrated low vision and rehabilitation pathway, and to determine whether this integrated approach has additional benefits for users, to standard low vision and rehabilitation care. Published 2009.