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We’re RNIB

RNIB_300x300We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss. Whether you’re losing your sight or you’re blind or partially sighted, our practical and emotional support can help you face the future with confidence.

Whether you need advice on staying in work, using technology to help you do everyday tasks, or simply someone who can offer emotional support to help you come to terms with sight loss.

We’re RNIB and we’re here from the moment you’re diagnosed to help you get on with your life. From the day when you need us the most, until the day you’re living your life again.

There are almost two million people in the UK suffering from sight loss; a figure we believe will double to four million people by 2050. Right now we can only reach one in three of those who need our help the most.

You can help us reach everyone.

For more information about RNIB please visit the RNIB website.

Common eye conditions

Being blind does not always mean that a person is living in total darkness. Some people may have more than one condition or different levels of sight loss.

The pictures of a book page below will give you some idea of what people may see, but remember that people are affected by eye conditions in many different ways.

Effects of glaucoma

Glaucoma can cause tunnel vision, where side vision is lost and only central remains.

Effects of diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy can result in blurred or patchy vision.

Effects of macular degeneration

Macular degeneration can lead to a loss of central vision whilst side vision remains.

You should have your sight tested at least every two years

You should have an eye examination every two years even if you have no problems with your vision. Some people may need their eyes examined more often and your optometrist will advise you on this.

It is an important health check for your eyes and can detect early signs of the conditions mentioned above. Many eye conditions can be treated if they are spotted early enough.

You can obtain further information from RNIB.

RNIB Helpline

If you or someone you know has a sight problem, RNIB Helpline offers an immediate, expert and confidential service. Call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email

Register to Wear dots…raise lots today

You can register today and wear dots to raise lots for RNIB – you can help us to continue to change the story.

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If you have any questions please contact us by emailing or calling 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

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