How many people in the UK have sight loss?

Over two million people in the UK live with sight loss. That’s around one person in 30. Of these, around 360,000 people are registered with their local authority as blind or partially sighted.

It is predicted that by 2020 the number of people with sight loss will rise to over 2,250,000. And by 2050, the numbers of people with sight loss in the UK will double to nearly four million. This is because:

    • the UK population is ageing and as we get older we are increasingly likely to experience sight loss
    • there is a growing incidence in key underlying causes of sight loss, such as obesity and diabetes.

Read more statistics about sight loss.

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