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Supporting veterans with vision impairment to live quality lives

Blind Veterans UK provides practical and emotional support to ex-service men and women who are blind or partially sighted. During eye health week, the charity is urging health professionals to raise awareness of their work and ensure all veterans eligible for support can access the help they need. 
Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK provides practical and emotional support to blind or partially sighted ex-service men and women. During national Eye Health Week, the charity is urging health professionals to raise awareness of their work and ensure all veterans eligible for support can access the help they need.

Blind Veterans UK is a national charity which supports blind or partially sighted ex-service men and women, providing them with a wide range of practical and emotional support across the board.

We provide specialist equipment, such as magnifiers which help veterans to read the newspaper, and training in areas such as technology. Veterans also thrive as a result of the emotional support and camaraderie they get from meeting other veterans in the same situation.

Whether it is help in the

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Blind Veterans UK provides practical and emotional support to blind or partially sighted ex-service men and women. During national Eye Health Week, the charity is urging health professionals to raise awareness of their work and ensure all veterans eligible for support can access the help they need. 

Blind Veterans UK
Arts & Crafts Instructor James Cowland at Blind Veterans with member Bob Glendinnina. Picture: David Gee 

Blind Veterans UK is a national charity which supports blind or partially sighted ex-service men and women, providing them with a wide range of practical and emotional support across the board.  

We provide specialist equipment, such as magnifiers which help veterans to read the newspaper, and training in areas such as technology. Veterans also thrive as a result of the emotional support and camaraderie they get from meeting other veterans in the same situation. 

Whether it is help in the home, support in the community, or providing training at one of our centres, the support we offer can make a life-changing difference.

Support from the charity can also help veterans realise that having a vision impairment does not have to affect quality of life. 

Eye health professionals have a responsibility to support patients with vision impairment. The information and advice they provide about available services may be the only opportunity some patients have to find out about further support.

Less than a quarter of referrals to Blind Veterans UK currently come from eye health professionals, but as a trusted source of information for patients they have an important role to play in signposting people to the charity for advice and support.

Spreading the word 

There are still almost 60,000 veterans in the UK who are eligible to receive support, most of whom are not aware of the charity. This is why we need eye health professionals to help raise awareness.  

We recently made a short film for National Eye Health Week aimed at eye health professionals. 

The next time you come across a patient battling severe vision loss, ask them if they have a service history. It’s as simple as asking: ‘did you ever serve in the Armed Forces or do National Service?”

And if the answer is yes, tell them about the work of Blind Veterans UK and how to get in touch with us.  

Further information

For Blind Veteran UK call 0800 389 7979 or visit www.noonealone.org.uk 

National Eye Health Week runs from 19 to 25 September. 


About the author

Sue Tansey is the ward manager at Blind Veterans UK’s Brighton centre

 

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