Supporting people with sight loss

Every day around 250 people begin to lose their sight.

I’m proud to be supporting the RNIB in their work to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

Around 2 million people in the UK are currently living with sight loss, of which around 350,000 are registered blind or partially sighted.

There are around 3,400 people in Faversham and Mid Kent with sight loss, higher than the national average. I want to make sure that my work and communications recognise that a significant number of people in my constituency have problems with their sight.

From now on, all photos on my website will have a text captain to go with them so that screen readers can pick this up and communicate the image. I’ll also be sending out letters in Arial font from now on as I'm told this is one of the easiest fonts to read because every letter is clear and looks different from the other letters.

RNIB estimates there are around 9,850 people in Faversham and Mid Kent living with one of the four most prevalent sight threatening eye conditions: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, including those who may not yet experience any symptoms.