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The term ‘Visual Impairment’ refers to any condition or illness which affects a person’s eyesight. In the UK alone, there are around 2 million people living with sight loss. Of these, around 360,000 are registered as blind or partially sighted.


Support Groups

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Action for Blind People

Lincoln and Lindsay Blind Society


The Macular Society – 0300 3030 111

International Glaucoma Association – 01233 64 8170

RP Fighting Blindness – 0845 123 2354

Useful Links

The Macular Society

International Glaucoma Association 

RP Fighting Blindness

Diabetes UK

Blind Veterans UK 

Support at University

All students accessing the Disability Service at the University of Lincoln are assigned a specialised Advisor who will be a point of contact throughout their time at University. We can create Learning Support Plans, which provide academic support, as well as recommending particular accommodation (providing it is relevant to the needs of the student) and helping to apply for Disabled Students Allowance. Support can only be put in place when a student provides relevant medical evidence. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Seeing your GP

If you feel that your vision has changed or worsened over time and you have not been diagnosed with a Visual Impairment, you should speak to your GP as soon as possible. Having regular eye tests at an Opticians can pick up on subtle changes in your eyes and can help to identify other health problems. If in doubt, always speak to a medical professional.