Losing your sight

Losing some or all of your sight can be very distressing and have a big effect on your life. People tell us that they struggle with a range of emotions from shock, anger, sadness and frustration, to depression and grief. This is quite normal and understandably coping with these emotions can be very difficult.

A young blind women sits on a bus

Changes in your vision can affect reading, driving, your work and mobility, but there is support available and this can help you adjust. Just how much help you will need depends on how your vision has been affected, but whatever your sight loss, we can help. Action for Blind People is an expert national organisation, ensuring blind and partially sighted people receive practical support.

There may be many reasons why you have lost some or all of of your sight. It could be due to an eye condition, an accident or you may have been born with little or no sight. Whatever the reason, you have probably been seen and diagnosed by a consultant ophthalmologist (an eye specialist). The consultant may have registered you as sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind).

Registration means that there are a range of benefits that you may be entitled to, including welfare benefits, free sight tests and travel concessions.

Action is here to help

However, the consultant may not have had the time to explain to you the vast array of opportunity and support that is available, even if nothing more can be done for your sight.

We have the time, the expertise and understand the life changes that people may need to make and can help them. We guide people through this difficult time and provide essential information and advice that will help them adapt to changes in their life.

Friends and family

Of course sight loss can have an impact on others in a family. You may be the parent of a child with a sight problem, or the partner of someone who has recently been diagnosed with sight loss and you don’t know where to turn. Talk to our experts - we listen, we understand.

One call to Action ensures that visually impaired people receive help with finding a job, applying for benefits, housing issues, aids and adaptations, holiday breaks or information on local services.

Join us at Living with Sight Loss courses

Our Living with Sight Loss programmes are suitable for anyone who is coming to terms with sight loss, at whatever stage in their life or diagnosis. Family members, partners and friends affected by the issues of sight loss are also welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Action Connect

You can also join our online community and share your experience and tips with other people affected by sight loss. 

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