Visual Impairment

There is a primary prevention need to reduce avoidable sight loss.  Visual impairment is a long term condition that is accompanied by the secondary prevention needs to avoid further ill health.

Sight loss is a life changing and disabling long term condition and failure to adapt to vision loss can lead to poorer physical and mental health, decreased independence and socio-economic deprivation.

Currently over 14,000 visually impaired people live in Cambridgeshire.

 

Population Affected by Eye Conditions Within District, Includes Those With Impaired Vision, Low Vision and Severe Sight Impairment

Local Authority

Number Visually Impaired

Cambridge City 

2,653

East Cambridgeshire 

1,986

Fenland

2,617

Huntingdonshire

3,445

South Cambridgeshire 

3,306

Source: National Eye Health Epidemiological Model 2008.