Living with sight loss: updating the national picture
AuthorsKate Flynn and Chris Lord
1) Since the previous waves of Understanding Society and the Life Opportunities Survey, circumstances have worsened in some respects for blind and partially sighted people. 44 per cent reported feeling more than usually depressed, which was significantly higher than in the previous wave of the survey (38 per cent). 2) The proportion of blind and partially sighted respondents who earn £500 or more a week is significantly lower, at nine per cent, than in the previous wave of the survey (13 per cent). However, the proportion earning less than £200 a week is also significantly lower than previously (48 per cent compared to 54 per cent). 3) In other areas, such as accessing health and benefits services, respondents’ circumstances have remained stable since the last wave. 4) Key areas of inequality are employment, participation, and experience of hate crime. All three of these areas pose concern, as a much higher percentage of respondents with sight loss report difficulties than those without impairments.