MP calls for better access to sight 
loss counselling

Jo Swinson MP is backing a campaign by sight loss charity RNIB to ensure that everyone diagnosed with sight loss gets emotional support to come to terms with their condition.

A new survey, commissioned by RNIB, reveals that 44% of UK adults said they feared losing their sight more than any other long-term health condition.

Jo attended the launch in Parliament of the RNIB’s new report ‘Being There When it Matters’, which is calling for every eye department in the UK to have access to a qualified sight loss adviser so that people are properly supported as they adapt to life.

Locally, sight advisor services are available at Gartnavel, Southern General, Stobhill and Victoria Infirmary hospitals – but that’s 25% of all the providers in Scotland. Across the UK the picture is also bleak; only 30% of eye departments in the UK have access to a qualified sight loss adviser.

Jo said: “I think that it is vital that blind and partially sighted people receive quality and timely support to help them to adapt to their sight loss.’’

Every day 100 people in the UK begin to lose their sight.