These reports cover the general experiences, circumstances and opinions of blind and partially sighted people.

All are listed in order, with the latest research at the top of the list. RNIB's research is linked to the priorities set out in the organisation's strategy and aims to provide an evidence base for RNIB's goals and intent to have the greatest positive impact on blind and partially sighted people's lives.

Coronavirus – Living with sight loss through lockdown

While the Coronavirus outbreak has had a huge impact on the lives of everyone living in the UK, blind and partially sighted people have had to face their own unique set of challenges as a result of the crisis. Living with Sight Loss through Lockdown was a six-week research programme designed to listen to the experiences and opinions of blind and partially sighted people throughout lockdown, via a series of focus groups and surveys. This report summarises the key findings from this research – a fuller report will follow. 

Barriers faced by people with sight loss

This report provides a list of the 12 greatest barriers blind and partially sighted people face, ranked in order of priority, and explores some differences between subgroups.

Understanding Society: comparing the circumstances of people with sight loss to the UK population

Understanding Society (USoc) is the largest longitudinal study in the UK. Every year, around 40,000 people take part in household interviews covering a wide range of topics relevant to UK society.

The economic impact of sight loss and blindness in the UK adult population

Access Economics was commissioned by RNIB to update the 2009 Access Economics report on the economic impact of sight loss and blindness in the UK adult population, including the direct and indirect costs of sight loss and blindness, and the burden of sight loss and blindness on health. 

My Voice 2015

Based on interviews with over 1,200 participants, the aim of My Voice is to better understand the circumstances, views and experiences of registered blind and partially sighted people.

Evidence-based reviews

Our evidence-based reviews look in detail at the experiences of blind and partially sighted people in different age groups. They include a profile of the group, the policies that govern and impact upon their lives, and a commentary on what the evidence tells us.

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Living with sight loss 

This report takes information from two national surveys, the Life Opportunities Survey and Understanding Society, to describe the extent of  inequalities for British adults in the period 2010 to 2013. The report updates the findings of the previous publication from NatCen Social Research and RNIB, Circumstances of People with Sight Loss (2012).

Adult Social Care Data: Year ending 31 March 2014, England

A secondary analysis of adult social care data.

Circumstances of people with sight loss

This report provides a secondary analysis of Understanding Society and the Life Opportunities Survey. These are both large-scale general population surveys, and they allow us to use independent survey data to describe the circumstances of people sight loss.

Network 1000 - Survey 1

Network 1000 Survey 1 reports the findings of the first round of interviews with over 1,000 blind and partially sighted people. The report covers a wide range of topics - including housing, employment, health, leisure and money. Published 2006.

Understanding the needs of blind and partially sighted people

This report was commissioned by RNIB and prepared by SSMR at the University of Surrey in May 2009. It looks at findings and recommendations to consider in the development of support services for those with sight loss. Published 2009.

Network 1000 - access to information, services and support

This report presents findings from Network 1000 Survey 2. The report focuses upon data relating to access to information, services and support, including experience of eye clinics and services offered after registration and in the last year. Published 2008.

Future Sight Loss UK 2

Future Sight Loss UK 2 gives estimates on the prevalence of AMD, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy in 2010 and 2020. It also gives estimates of health and social care costs. These estimates were used to inform the UK Vision Strategy. Published 2009.

Future Sight Loss UK 1

The Future Sight Loss UK 1 report focuses on the key topics of how many people are living with sight loss in the UK and what is the cost of sight loss to the UK economy. Published 2009