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Feeling good about and within yourself

Organisations and charities that support people with sight loss recognise the emotional impact of living with low vision. All have useful hints and tips and useful strategies, designed to assist with the emotional impact of sight loss. Many can provide access to counselling services for both the individual with sight loss and their family. Others will signpost you to local sources of support. Visit this page for signposting to services. 

RNIB’s helpline team will help you to access RNIB’s counselling services or point you towards local support. Call 0303 1239999 or e-mail helpline@rnib.org.uk to learn more.

The Macular Society also provides telephone counselling for anyone with a macular condition. It provides support for people with Charles Bonnet Syndrome, a condition which results in the person with low vision seeing visual hallucinations. For more details on the condition visit  www.esmesumbrella.org.uk

 

Techniques Managing Sight Loss course attendees have developed to cope with the emotional impact of sight loss

Below are a few techniques that people use to counter the frustrations of everyday living as a blind or partially sighted person.  Everyone is different so coping strategies are personal.

The NHS and MIND website both outline five steps to wellbeing

  1. Connect: take time and connect with another person if at all possible, face to face and not via an electronic device. Try and eliminate as many distractions as possible.
  2. Be physically active: this can be as simple as playing your favourite tune and dancing round the kitchen.
  3. Learn a new skill.
  4. Give to others: giving to others can be extremely rewarding.
  5. Pay attention to the present moment: mindfulness.

Find out more on the NHS website.

Health and nutrition

Each specific eye disease charity provides specific nutrition and health advice.

If you are struggling to find your eye condition’s organisation, call the RNIB Helpline 0303 1239999.

Managing Sight Loss course attendees’ tips for eating healthily

For more information on healthy eating   www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide

Managing Sight Loss course attendees’ tips for getting a good night’s sleep

More advice on sleeping can be found on the NHS website.

Staying physically active

There are many ways of staying active: walking, dancing to name but two. Many don’t require you to leave your home. There are a range of activities audio described and designed for blind and partially sighted people. Visit Metro Blind Sport’s website to find out more.

Further information

If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch  info@londonvision.org

Thank you

Thank you to all who’ve attended London Vision’s Managing Sight Loss sessions over the last year and contributing so many ideas on wellbeing and health.

Want more resources? Go back to the Managing Sight Loss course resources page.