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RNIB updates sight loss tool

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RNIB updates sight loss tool

With more than 100 people going blind every year due to delays follow-up in ophthalmology appointments in hospital, it’s important that eye health campaigners study local sight loss indicators to help make the case for community eye health services to ease hospital eye service pressures.

With more than 100 people going blind every year due to delayed follow-up in appointments in hospital, it’s important that LOCs look at local sight loss indicators to help make the case for community eye health services to ease ophthalmology pressures.

The RNIB’s Sight Loss Data Tool is the UK’s biggest collection of eye health datasets. It collates a wide range of publicly available datasets and allows users to view local area data easily in one of three different automated reports.

The latest upgrade (Version 4) has brought some exciting changes to the way you can access reports. All local authorities, regions and countries now have a standalone text report available in an accessible word document that tells a tailored story about the area through key statistics. And all the data is still available in an improved excel tool, along with the custom tables which allows users to compare data for up to ten areas.

With the Sight Loss Data Tool, you can read the report for, or find the data by, local authority, region or country areas. Datasets include:

 The estimated number of people living with severe sight loss and projected change

  • The number of people registered as blind or partially sighted by age group
  • The estimated number of people living with sight threatening eye conditions and projected change
  • The number of local ophthalmology appointments by health authority area
  • The estimated cost of sight loss
  • Demographic data

The Sight Loss Data Tool was downloaded by 4,500 unique users in 2016/17. It is a vital evidence source for a wide range of organisations in the sight loss sector and supports work in across all elements of the sector including campaigning, service improvement and fundraising.

Campaigners can download the tool from www.rnib.org.uk/datatool and you can find out more information on the update from the webpage.