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Almost two million people are living with sight loss in the UK – about one person in 30. This figure includes 360,000 registered as blind or partially sighted, who have severe and irreversible slight loss. Slight loss affects people of all ages, but especially older people.
Being blind does not mean that a person is living in total darkness. Many blind people and the majority of partially sighted people can recognise someone they know at arm’s length. Other people are affected by eye conditions in different ways. For example, some visually impaired people:
- have no central vision or no vision to the sides
- see a patchwork of blank and defined areas
- see everything as a vague blur