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Guide by Condition: Visual Impairment

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Understanding and living with vision impairment


Vision impairment or loss is the decreased ability to see which cannot be fixed by glasses or lenses. Assisted support such as guide dogs and daily living aids can help people living with a vision impairment go about their daily lives.

What is vision impairment?

Vision impairment can happen to any individual of any age and can be caused by a number of factors. Often people are born visually impaired, they may develop an eye condition, it could be an effect of getting older or it could be due to an injury-related accident. It’s important to note that not all visually impaired people have a total loss of sight; it’s very common for the individual to still be able to see in certain lights or have blurred or weakened vision. Certain conditions can affect eyesight in different ways, which requires different types of mobility aids to provide help.

What is it like to live with vision impairment?

Vision impairment can present challenges to daily life but many individuals with the condition manage to navigate with ease. Blogging is a popular outlet for disability bloggers and in particular, individuals with sight loss, who talk about their life living with vision impairment and how it can sometimes impact their life. Popular vision impairment bloggers include,,, and, with posts ranging from product reviews and mobility aids to personal experiences and anecdotes about their conditions. These sight impaired bloggers are determined that they can live their life to the full and answer any questions that you may have about their conditions!

Assisted support and daily living aids for visual impairment

Depending on the severity and type of sight loss, there may not be a cure for certain conditions. However, a wide variety of visual aids can help with tasks and activities on a daily basis, such as reading or pouring a hot drink. Our range of talking and large display products are designed to help alert and notify the user, from telling the time with our Big Digit Talking Watch, to cooking easily with the help of our Talking Microwave. For our full range of mobility aids, view our selection on our website here.

Many individuals living with sight loss often use a guide dog to help them navigate, or a cane to help them avoid obstacles. It’s important to remember that a guide dog is not a pet and to distract one by petting or feeding it can be dangerous for the person using the dog - a guide dog is a working dog. Guide dogs usually wear a fluorescent jacket or lead which helps them to stand out from other dogs. Likewise, a cane is usually white to make it visible for members of the public, but this can vary from person to person.

More information

If you want to learn more about vision impairment, there are a range of helpful charities and organisations that provide information and support on different conditions. Here are a few which you may find useful:

Royal National Institute for the Blind:
Guide Dogs:

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