If you or someone you know have problems with sight loss - getting out and about or managing simple daily tasks at home can be challenging. 

There is a range of equipment specifically designed for visually impairments which enables you to enjoy a book or a film for example, and helps you to stay living independently.

Equipment for people with sight loss

You can make every day easier by using items, such as:

  • Watches and clocks which talk and vibrate
  • Specialist lighting including book lights, portable lights and magnifier lights
  • Kitchen and bathroom gadgets, such as non-slip mats, and ‘talking’ gadgets
  • Easy-to-use stationery
  • A wide range of magnifying glasses including for computers and videos
  • Audio books
  • Learning, stationery, writing, and postal products in Braille
  • Big Print Newspaper and TV & Radio Guides. 

There is a wide range of equipment, accessories and technology available from RNIB. They also provide expert advice and practical tips for everyday life. 

Phone: 0303 123 9999
Email: Helpline.Mailbox@rnib.org.uk

British Wireless for the Blind provides easy to use audio and radio equipment, which has been designed and adapted for listeners living with sight loss. 

British Wireless for the Blind
Phone: 01622 754757
Email: info@blind.org.uk

Action for blind people run a dedicated Assistive technology service. They can assess your needs and abilities and discuss the various equipment options available. They can also support you to use the internet to search for information and services and join online support groups.

Action for blind people
Phone: 0303 123 9999
Email: helpline@rnib.org.uk

Getting out and about

There are different types of equipment, mobility aids and technology available to help you get around your home and outside:

  • A cane can be very useful when travelling and can help you get around by detecting objects in your path
  • A guide dog can help you get around and provide both a sense of independence and companionship. 
  • Mobile navigation devices use GPS to track your location and can talk you through your journey step by step. 


Useful contacts:

RNIB - Supporting people with sight loss
Phone: 0303 123 9999
Email: helpline@rnib.org.uk

Richmond Council Adult Access Team
Address: Adult Social Services, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 7971
Minicom: 18001 020 8891 7971
Email: adultsocialservices@richmond.gov.uk