Sight loss is more common than you may think. Every day, 250 people in the UK begin to lose their sight.
Age is a factor: 1 in 5 people aged 75 years and over, and 1 in 2 aged 90 years and over are living with sight loss. However, it can affect people of all ages and can be caused by a number of factors, such as a progressive eye condition, a head injury, or another medical condition such as a stroke or diabetes.
There are estimated to be around 35,590 people in Derbyshire County and Derby City who experience significant sight loss. Approximately 4,730 of these people are living with severe sight loss (blindness).
The number of people in the UK with sight loss is set to increase in line with the ageing population. By 2030 the number of people living with significant sight loss in Derbyshire County and Derby City is projected to have risen to more than 45,600. By 2050, the number of people with sight loss in the UK is projected to be nearly four million.
In the UK, there are over 25,000 children with visual impairment aged 16 or under. This equates to 2 in 1,000 children. As many as half of these children have other disabilities.
Feelings of wellbeing are lower among people with sight loss when compared to the rest of the population, and only 1 in 4 people of working age who are registered blind and partially sighted are in employment.
Whatever your age and the circumstances of your sight loss, we are here to support you.