Sight impaired people

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


There are two 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 this on the NHS Choices website (opens in a new window)

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 (opens in a new window). We have a contract with Sight Support Derbyshire to provide a rehabilitation and mobility service. For more information about this please see the sight impairment fact sheet in the related documents section of 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 are eligible for a service from us we will 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 tel: 01629 533190, or email: contact.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk

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

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

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