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Facts about eye conditions

In the UK, there are around 2 million people who are living with a level of sight loss which has a significant impact on their daily lives. Of these, around 360,000 people are registered as blind or partially sighted.

There are a number of reasons why people experience sight loss. The leading causes in the UK are as follows:

Age-related Macular Degeneration

One of the leading causes of sight loss among older people in the UK is Age-related Macular Degeneration. It is estimated that over 2 million people, who are 65 or over, are living with the early stages of the disease.

Source: RNIB Sight Loss UK 2013 Report

Useful link: rnib.org.uk/eye-health-eye-conditions/amd-information

Uncorrected Refractive Error

Useful link: www.who.int/features/qa/45/en/

Cataracts

Useful link: rnib.org.uk/eye-health-eye-conditions-z-eye-conditions/cataracts

Glaucoma

Useful link: rnib.org.uk/eye-health-eye-conditions-z-eye-conditions/glaucoma-information

Diabetic Retinopathy

Useful link: rnib.org.uk/eye-health-eye-conditions-z-eye-conditions/understanding-eye-conditions-related-diabetes

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