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Charities

Please see below a list of various charities working to improve the lives of people with visual impairments through providing direct services, promoting awareness of specific ophthalmic conditions, or advocating and facilitating research.

This list of charities is not comprehensive.  You can search a more detailed directory of services and information aimed at helping blind or partially sighted people at Sight Line Directory: http://www.sightlinedirectory.org.uk/

National UK patient services

  • Action for Blind People – a national charity with local reach, providing practical help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages
  • Blind children UK– Supporting children with sight loss and their families every step of the way – from the challenges of getting an initial diagnosis, right through the journey into adulthood
  • Blind Veterans UK – a national charity providing free support and services to all vision-impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans, no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.
  • Diabetes UK – working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind – promoting the health, equality and independence of blind and partially sighted people
  • International Glaucoma Association (IGA) – the charity for people with glaucoma, with the mission to raise awareness, promote research related to early diagnosis and treatment, and to provide support to patients and all those who care for them. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists facilitate the annual International Glaucoma Association Research Awards.
  • The Macular Society – a specialist charity for people affected by any form of macular disease or macular degeneration
  • Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia & Coloboma Support (MACS) – provides support and information to parents and carers of children with Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia, Coloboma and related conditions.
  • Nystagmus Network – run by individuals and families affected by the eye condition nystagmus
  • Orbis – prevents and treats blindness by providing quality eye care to transform lives. ORBIS provides the tools, training, and technology necessary for local partners to develop their own capacity to provide quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable. ORBIS is dedicated to saving sight and eliminating avoidable blindness worldwide
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) offers information, support and advice to people with sight loss
  • SeeAbility – works to encourage people who are blind or partially sighted and have other multiple disabilities to achieve their full potential and enhance their quality of life
  • Sight Savers International – an international charity which works with partners to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people in the developing world
  • Thomas Pocklington Trust – offers people who are blind or have sight loss the help, support and care they require to lead an independent life, based on their individual requirements
  • Uveitis Information Group – a patient led charity, based in the UK, run by volunteers who suffer from uveitis
  • Vision 2020 UK – an umbrella organisation which facilitates greater collaboration and co-operation between organisations in the UK which focus on visual impairment and operate on a national, regional or international basis
  • World Sight Foundation – aims to deliver sustainable solutions for the alleviation of blindness, and for preserving sight, anywhere in the world. The WSF works to enhance the skills of locally-based eye care professionals through education

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