People with sight loss are sometimes known as blind or partially sighted. The more modern term is sight impaired or severely sight impaired. Sight loss can be caused by a variety of conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, visual cortex disorder, genetic defects or an injury.
Different eye conditions create different difficulties. Few people are totally blind. A few have
Sight loss can make everyday tasks harder but help is available.
If you are having problems with your sight, go to your GP or optician as soon as possible. If necessary, they may refer you to an eye clinic or a consultant ophthalmologist. They will examine your eyes and look at possible treatments for your problem.
Many local opticians will visit you in your home to carry out an eye test. Home visits to carry out an eye test are only available free on the NHS if you are unable to visit a community optometrist on your own.
Find out more and search for home visit opticians in Hampshire
There is a wide range of aids and equipment that can make everyday activities and tasks easier.
Go to our Community Directory to find local and national support. Click on 'Specific needs' and then 'Sight or hearing loss'.
Hampshire County Council has specialist Sensory Loss teams. They can carry out assessments and provide training to help you find practical solutions to the everyday problems that arise from sight loss. For example, help with reading, making hot drinks and crossing the road safely.
Hampshire County Council has a duty under S.77 Care Act 2014 to maintain a register of people with sight or severe sight impairment who are ordinarily resident in its area.
Every Hampshire Library has a selection of books in large as well as standard print and a range of
Talking Newspapers are available at your library or can be sent to you directly. Find out if your local newspaper is available on
You may find it easier to have audio versions (tape or CD), Braille, or large print versions of any documents you receive (for example from your bank, building society etc). Speak to the organisation that has produced them and ask for the document to be provided in your preferred format.
If you are struggling to see what is on your television, audio description (AD) can help you.
Many cinemas are also equipped with a system that delivers audio description (AD) through a headset, which is provided when you collect your ticket.
You can find out more from the RNIB.
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