How many children are blind or partially sighted in the UK?

Two in every 1,000 (0.2%) children and young people up to the age of 25 in the UK have vision impairment. This means they meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) international classification of childhood vision impairment which is based on levels of visual acuity. This estimate does not include children with 'mild' vision impairment whose level of vision is better than the acuity threshold in the WHO definition.

Some of these children may have other types of difficulties with their vision that – particularly when combined with other disabilities or special educational needs – can have implications for the child’s learning and development. For example, eye movement problems, or problems with the way that the brain interprets visual information.

For further information see our key information and statistics section or our education professionals section.

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