Sight Loss

The Essential Guide

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Sight loss affects 1.8 million people in the UK. This practical guide explains the causes of sight loss and focus on help and practical tips to make every day life easier. Sight Loss: The Essential Guide follows RNIB guidelines on font and layout to make it accessible for partially sighted people but it will also contain helpful advice for carers and families of partially sighted or blind people. Age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetes-related eye disease will all be covered in detail, the causes, detection, treatment and advice for carers will be explained in an easy-to-understand way. The book will also provide information on which eyesight professionals you will meet, how to cope emotionally and where to get support, reassuring the reader of what to expect during, what can be, a problematic and confusing time. Mobility, adapting your home and financial help will be covered making this practical guide invaluable for anyone who is concerned about their own, or a family member’s, sight loss. Authors: Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson

Chapter Headings 

About Sight Loss

Sight Loss as You Get Older

Macular Degeneration



Diabetes and Eye Disease

Mobility When Out and About

Help Around the Home

Financial Help

Sight Loss With Other Disabilities

Help List

Author Bio 

Antonia Chitty is a freelance health writer and author of a number of parenting and business books. She trained as an optometrist and promoted eye health for RNIB before moving on to write health features for Which? magazine. Find out more at
Victoria Dawson is a teacher and has worked with pupils with visual impairments for the last 15 years. she now works as a freelance trainer and writer and runs 

Customer Reviews...

Alan H. Eastwood (via Amazon) -
Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, my worries about the possibility of sight loss have increased considerably. One of the first things you learn is that diabetes is one of the major causes of blindness in the UK, along with numerous other ailments that are quite distressing to contemplate. This book covers sight loss from all angles (so to speak!). It is clear and comprehensive, covering all the main causes of sight loss or impaired vision, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetes. Each topic is described in terms of its causes, diagnosis and available treatments, with helpful summaries and checklist finishing each chapter. As a diabetic, I learn that I am also at much higher risk of glaucoma and cataracts, so these chapters were also of interest to me in addition to the chapter on diabetic retinopathy. The topics are not exhaustively discussed, but the main options are described satisfactorily, and there is an extensive appendix with links for further reading, and addresses of organisations that can provide help and advice. In addition to the chapters on eye problems, there are good chapters on mobility, help around the home and financial help, all with useful, practical tips of how to adapt to impaired vision should it occur. Overall, very readable overview of major causes of sight loss, diagnosis and treatments.


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