At Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans, we get that sight loss can be scary. If you're looking for guidance for yourself, or want to know more about how to support someone with sight loss or blindness, we are here to help.
Find information about sight loss, including advice to help with the different ways sight loss can impact on your life. 

Adapting to and learning to live with sight loss can be bewildering, and it can be challenging to know who to turn to in order to get the answers you need. Our team have got the answers. And if they don't, they know where to find them.

For many, help to understand a diagnosis and what it means for the future is vital. Being told you are losing some or all of your sight can be devastating, and so we're here to offer the practical advice and emotional support needed to rediscover life. 

We will provide support and a listening ear on a wide range of topics which can include, but are not limited to:

  • Registering as blind or partially sighted. Not sure if this would be useful to you? We can guide you on the benefits that registration opens up. 
  • Changes to your home. Making your home a safer and easier place to live when you have sight loss is important; together with you we'll look at the changes that are right for you. 
  • Alternative ways of reading, accessing information and the formats which will work best for you. 
  • Getting around – our mobility training restores independence. 

We're here for veterans; to support you through your experience of sight loss and how it impacts your life. 

Info and Advice

Information for blind and partially sighted voters for Scottish Parliament election 2021

Catherine Heggie, Partnerships & Information Officer at the Electoral Commission, shares important information about the support available for blind and partially sighted voters for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

Mindfulness for pupils with visual impairment and complex needs

Mindfulness sessions are used at the Royal Blind School to teach pupils to recognise their emotions and to learn strategies to deal with stressful experiences.

Mobility cane or guide dog?

For blind or partially sighted people, the choice between using a cane or a guide dog is often a personal one.

Sensory activities and creative arts for pupils with visual impairment and complex needs

Sensory sessions with creative arts are more than a PE class, or a drama or music class. By combining the different disciplines, the creative arts lesson enhances the learning experience for the young people involved.

Social introduction skills to use with young people with visual impairment

Young people with visual impairment can often find socially communicating with others challenging. A lot of the communication that people use is non-verbal, using facial expressions and body language which is not available to the young person.

Staying safe: Road crossing tips for blind and partially sighted people

Negotiating pedestrian crossings is something many people take for granted – but crossing the road when you’re blind or visually impaired can feel daunting.

Supporting someone with sight loss? We're there for you too

As a relative, carer or friend, how do you help your loved one cope with losing their sight? Visual impairment affects everyone differently, and knowing how to be supportive can be challenging. We're here for you too.

Swimming with sight loss

Swimming is a great form of exercise for anyone of any age. Hawkhead Centre Officer and qualified swimming instructor, Abbie, shares her advice for enjoying swimming again after sight loss.

The importance of cooking skills for people with visual impairment

Lewis says it’s very important for young people with a visual impairment to learn to cook.

Top 10 most popular low vision aids

Sight Scotland Veterans rehabilitation officer Fiona gives insight into the top ten most popular low vision aids the charity issues to its members.

Top five tips for eye health in older people

Here are our five tops tips for eye health in older people.

Popular on Sight Scotland Veterans

Our new names

We are proud to announce the new names of our two sister charities and share why we changed our names. We’ve continually adapted to ensure we're there for people with sight loss, and will be there in the future too.

Popular on Sight Scotland Veterans

About us

For more than 225 years, we have been supporting people with sight loss and blindness. We are one of Scotland's oldest charities and we're dedicated to empowering people with visual impairments to lead fulfilling lives.