When someone you know has sight loss, it’s natural for you to want to help them. Sight Life can provide advice and support to carers, family members and friends of people with sight loss.
If you want to know more about different eye conditions that can affect people, or you want to know about a particular eye condition, please follow this link to the RNIB website. There are lots of myths about sight loss. We dispel some of them here.
RNIB has also produced a guide to coping with sight loss. Although it is written for blind and partially sighted people, if someone you know has sight loss, you may find it useful. Find it here.
There are some simple things you can do to look after your eyes. These include getting an eye test regularly (optometrists recommend a sight test every two years, though there are exceptions to this recommendation). A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough. During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected. You can search for an optometrist on the Wales Eye Care Services website by selecting ‘Urgent eye problem – Eye Health Examination Wales’ and the geographical area in which you live.
Regular sight tests are essential for maintaining healthy eyes but there are other things you can do to look after your eyes – see our guide to looking after your eyes for more information.
Find out more about our services and how we help people with sight loss. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected]. Let us know what information and advice you would like and how you would like us to contact you.