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Blind and sight impaired

Visual impairment means when someone experiences some degree of sight loss which cannot be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses.


There are 2 categories of visual impairment:

  • moderate - where people have some vision
  • severe - where sight loss means that the person cannot carry out activities that require eyesight

You can find out more about visual impairment on NHS Choices.

If you have a visual impairment, you may find it more difficult to carry out day to day activities or get out and about. You can get useful advice, information and support to help with this from Sight Support Derbyshire. We have a contract with Sight Support Derbyshire to provide a rehabilitation and mobility service. For more information please see the sight impairment fact sheet attached to this page.

You may live at home and need some help and support. You can also find information and support to help you get out and involved with the community.

If you feel you need more help, you may benefit from having an assessment of your needs. This means that a social worker or community care worker will contact you and arrange to visit to talk about your needs, and how they can best be met. If you're eligible for a service from us we'll work with you to create a support plan that helps you achieve your goals and outcomes.

If you have problems with hearing as well as sight, known as 'dual sensory loss', then you can access further information and specialist technical sensory assessment from us.

To make a referral for an assessment, or for any other information, contact Call Derbyshire email: contact.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 533190.

Video versions of various fact sheets are on our YouTube channel. As well as featuring British Sign Language and English Subtitles, the videos have voice over so cater for people with a sight impairment.