Facts and Figures

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Ben at Library event showing a magnifierEvery day 100 people in the UK start to lose their sight.

Nearly 2 million people in the UK live with sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily lives. It is predicted that by 2050 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will double to nearly four million.

224,000 people in the UK are blind or are living with severe sight loss

1 in 5 people over 65 have significant sight loss that affects their day to day life.

Over 50 per cent of sight loss can be avoided.


Devon and Torbay statistics

Devon’s profile

The total population of Devon is 750,000 (Census 2011). The number of people living in the county is predicted to grow by 20% over a 25 year period to 899,000 (in 2033).

There are now 168,600 people aged 65 and over in Devon, or 22.6% of the total population. The population is also ageing so by 2031 over a quarter of the county’s population will be aged 65 years or over. (Devon County Council Strategic Plan 2011-15).

The proportion of people over the age of 65 in Devon is 38% higher than the national average.

Torbay’s profile

Torbay is run as a unitary authority within the geographical county of Devon.

Torbay has a population of 131,000, of which 31,000 (23.6%) are over 65 years of age. The proportion of people over the age of 65 in Torbay is 44% higher than the UK average. (Census 2011)

Torbay is one of the most deprived local authority areas in the South West with key issues being income for older people, health and disability, home living environment and access to services. (Indices of Deprivation 2010)

Sight loss in Devon and Torbay

There are 4,600 people in Devon and Torbay registered as blind or partially sighted.

There are an estimated 35,500 people in Devon and Torbay living with sight loss, estimated to rise to 43,000 by 2020.

(Source RNIB sight loss data tool, Feb 2013)