How many people in the UK have sight loss?

Over two million people in the UK live with sight loss, that’s around one person in 30.

In 2014, around 350,000 of those were registered with their local authority as blind or partially sighted.

It is predicted that by 2030 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will rise to over 2,700,000 and by 2050 will double to nearly four million.

This is because:

  • the UK population is ageing and as we get older we are increasingly likely to experience sight loss
  • the number of people with the key underlying causes of sight loss, such as obesity and diabetes is on the increase.

Further information and statistics around sight loss can be found on RNIB's Key information and statistics on sight loss in the UK webpages.

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