The RNIB’s ‘How I see‘ video aims to educate people on some common misconceptions and features five blind and partially sighted people talking about their eye conditions. The reality of sight loss is different for everybody. Every year thousands of people are diagnosed with the most common eye conditions, some people are diagnosed with rarer…
From an article by Katherine Talbot, senior accessibility and usability consultant at AbilityNet We’ve had many years of experience in making websites and apps more accessible for our clients across a range of sectors, from banks to airports, charities and government. Sometimes clients are unclear about the difference between usability and accessibility. And, it can…
This blog, published in What users do and why they do it by Christopher Radcliff, is intended to walk you through the various ways you can ensure your website is as accessible as possible for people with visual impairments. It’s an investigative piece, drawing information from numerous sources and opinions, that won’t necessarily get overly technical…
A new report, Act Now to Improve Eye Care Services, creates an action plan to address the ‘tsunami of demand for eye care services’ and improve eye care services and commissioning. It is based on 4 workshops held in November 2013 that were attended by NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Trust managers, ophthalmologists, optometrists,…
In a study, in the British Journal of General Practice, researchers found that visually impaired patients needed significantly more support than others in medication self-management. Almost all of the group with visual impairment found it difficult to read medication information even with visual aids, and almost a quarter had difficulty distinguishing different tablets, particularly in differentiating colours. Although more than a quarter of patients with visual impairment said they needed help with their medication, the majority were nevertheless not using compliance aids.
Individuals with impaired vision may have great difficulty in accessing and negotiating healthcare services. In this article in the BMJ, the authors discuss the difficulties that visually impaired patients encounter in the healthcare environment and ways in which problems may be overcome. They make a number of key points and recommendations including that people with visual impairment are likely to have limited access to information and healthcare facilities and that taking time to communicate effectively about access, facilities, diagnosis, and management plans is necessary; communications, in visual or audio format, should be tailored to individuals’ needs.
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