How can we help

Someone who becomes blind or sight impaired, will often experience feelings similar to bereavement and feel they need to speak to someone who understands. For many, contacting Insight on our Helpline on 01242 22 11 70, or speaking to a Sight Loss Advisor in our Low Vision Centre in Cheltenham, is the first time they feel that someone does understand their feelings. We can suggest how, making certain adjustments, will allow you to continue with hobbies or activities you’ve always enjoyed, or even take up new ones.

From a practical point of view, a few simple changes may be all that’s required. For example, it’s a good idea to keep things in a particular place and ensure they are returned there after use. In addition, use adequate lighting for your task, avoid glare from bright or reflective surfaces, and make use of colour and tonal contrast. Sometimes magnifying glasses or telescopic lenses are required, or more specialised equipment such as liquid level indicators, talking microwave ovens, etc.

Take a look at our Online catalogue which contains more information about the aids that are available.

The continuing improvements and advances in technology will help people with sight loss to keep in touch, stay informed and cope with the increasing demands of life. Although sight impairment and blindness are serious, life changing conditions, the right help and support will enable sight impaired and blind people to enjoy an independent and fulfilling life.

Insight Gloucestershire is an independent, local charity specifically dedicated to helping people living with low vision. Our friendly staff are trained and experienced and are here to help you through any difficulties that you may experience due to your sight impairment. Please call Insight’s Helpline on 01242 22 11 70

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