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Our unique e-vision simulator allows you to experience our whole website through the eyes of someone affected by sight loss.

There are more than a million people in the UK living with avoidable sight loss severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives – leaving them unable to do things such as drive.1

Switch on our e-vision simulator to get a glimpse of what it would look like to live with four of the most common causes of sight loss.


Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). This impairs your central field of vision and is Britain’s leading cause of blindness affecting an estimated 600,000 people across the UK.

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Glaucoma is a condition that affects the optic nerve and disturbs your peripheral vision. If left untreated it can lead to total loss of sight. Open-angle glaucoma, the most common form, rarely causes symptoms until it’s in an advanced stage. Hence why it’s known as the silent thief of sight.

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Cataracts cause your vision to become cloudy or misty. Twenty-six per cent of all cases of sight loss in people aged 75 and over is due to untreated cataracts.2 This is despite the fact that vision can usually be restored with a routine surgical procedure.

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Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye (retina). It can cause blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated.

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Help prevent avoidable sight loss by having regular eye examinations, once every two years unless advised otherwise, and enjoying a healthy lifestyle – not smoking; eating a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and wholegrains; drinking in moderation; staying active and protecting your eyes from the sun’s damaging UV rays.


[1] State of the Nation’s Eyes Report 2017 [http://www.rnib.org.uk/state-nation-2017]

[2] ** Wormald RP, Wright LA, Courtney P et al


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