Talking to your employers about your sight problem

When you are applying for jobs you need to think about if and when you plan to tell your employer about your sight condition.


There aren't any rules about this and you don't have to tell an employer if you don't want to. It is up to you to decide at what point in applying for a job you choose to discuss it.

Benefits to talking to your employer about your sight condition

 There are lots of benefits to talking to your employer about your sight condition. It means that you have the opportunity to approach the issue in a positive way and allows you to reassure the employer that your sight condition does not mean that you are unable to do the job properly.

There are many more reasons why talking to your employer about your sight condition may be a good idea. It is only when you disclose your disability that you have rights under the Equality Act 2010 and that you become entitled to reasonable adjustments in the workplace. If you decide that you want to talk about your sight condition to a potential employer you can design your own disclosure strategy. This means you plan exactly how and when you want to discuss this and you should think about this before going to job interviews.

More information about talking about sight loss with employers, including some ideas about how to go about it, is available in disclosing a disability in our main Employment section.  

There is lots of useful information about the Equality Act 2010, disclosure and guidance about how to form your disclosure strategy on RNIB’s Equality Act 2010 page.