If you have been blind since you were eight years old, you are likely blind for at least a year.
In the UK, there are two different types of blindness, which vary in severity depending on the severity of the damage, the number of years you’ve spent blind, and the duration of your disability.
Blindness affects your ability to see and move around, and some people may experience more or less sight loss.
You can be blind for years.
You may not be aware of your blindness, but it’s easy to become confused.
Blind people may not always have the time or inclination to get help.
This is particularly true for older people and people with severe disabilities, who often have a hard time seeing in their everyday lives.
Blind People and the NHS If you’ve had any problems seeing in your everyday life, including when you’re travelling, or if you’re deaf or have a learning disability, you should contact the NHS.
If you’re blind, the National Health Service (NHS) and NHS Wales have special organisations to help you.
They may be able to provide a referral to a specialist if you need it, or you may be referred to a GP, nurse or occupational therapist if you have a specific medical condition.
Your GP may be in charge of diagnosing your condition and treating you.
The NHS does not provide a list of specialist centres, so you may need to visit a separate GP if you think you may have a condition that needs to be addressed.
For information on when to see a specialist, see the NHS website about your care.
Blind and visually impaired people may be eligible for special healthcare support services if they need it.
They can receive help in: eating, dressing and bathing