Losing your sight can have a huge impact on your life, affecting mobility, independence, employment opportunities and confidence, yet 50% of sight loss in the UK is avoidable.
The number of people in the UK with sight loss is set to double by 2050 to nearly four million so it is vital local authorities recognise this and put clear plans in place to tackle avoidable sight loss.
Research from the Royal National Institute of Blind People shows nearly half of all local authorities in England do not include any or very little information on sight loss in the needs assessment of their local population. How can you tackle a growing health problem if you don’t even recognise it exists?
I have written to my local councillor to ask them to make sure they plan for the future so people in our area do not lose their sight unnecessarily. RNIB has developed tools and information which can support local authorities to do this as part of their “Don’t Lose Sight” campaign. I want to let other readers know they can help end unnecessary sight loss at www.rnib.org.uk/sos
Mr Michael Tupper