Friends, Family and Carers

For people experiencing sight loss, especially those newly diagnosed life can feel particularly difficult. They often describe intense feelings similar to those of bereavement.

These difficult feelings can also be felt by families and friends and you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the future.

Whether round-the-clock or for a few hours a week, in your own home or for someone at the other end of a motorway – caring can have a huge effect on you, your life and your plans.

You may also feel stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, or even struggling with poor health yourself. You may be finding it difficult to make ends meet if you’re unable to work or if you’ve reduced your working hours to care.

Families and friends have also told us about how difficult it can be to find the right balance between their natural instinct to care for and protect and wanting to encourage and support their independence.

Our team can support you in confidence with any anxieties you may be experiencing. We can help you understand your friend or relative’s eye condition and how it affects you as well as them.

We may be able to help you get a carer’s assessment, to access additional financial support, support from other carers and for those in employment the right to flexible working.

If you are a family member or friend and would like more information and support please contact us on the details below.

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