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We’re RNIB

RNIB supports blind and partially sighted people across the UKRoyal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the leading UK charity helping blind and partially sighted people.

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.

What would you lose from your life if you lost your sight? We help people who have lost their sight to find their lives again. Losing your sight means you can lose more than just your ability to see. It can feel, like your entire world is falling apart. Right now we can only reach one in three of those who need our help the most. You can help us reach everyone.

Our vision is of a world in which blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same rights, freedom, responsibilities and quality of life as people who are fully sighted.

Our priorities

  • Stopping people losing their sight unnecessarily
  • Supporting blind and partially sighted people to live independently
  • Creating an inclusive society.

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.

Register for RNIB Read today

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

Register today

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

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

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