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The prevalence of sight loss increases with age: currently there are almost 2 million people aged 65 and over living with sight loss in the UK.

In June 2015, RNIB and Age UK held a joint seminar that, in the light of latest evidence and the prevailing policy landscape, aimed to understand the implications of sight loss in an ageing society for public policy and the provision of services and support. Our joint report puts forwards recommendations to respond to the challenges.

Key Recommendations:

  • One: Empower older people to manage their eye health
  • Two: Involve older people in the co-production of services and policy
  • Three: Improve professional awareness to better meet the needs of older people with sight loss
  • Four: Improve access to support at diagnosis and beyond
  • Five: Improve access to peer support and emotional support
  • Six: Be ready for ageing and sight loss

Read the report (PDF, 5MB)

Summary (PDF, 2MB)

 

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081