SIGHT LOSS IN NORTH AYRSHIRE & ARRAN
I appreciated having the opportunity to meet with the RNIB - Royal National Institute of Blind People - to learn more about the work this charity does. With around 2 million people in the UK living with sight loss which is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives of whom around 350,000 are registered blind, this is an important issue. Every day 250 more people start to lose their sight and there are estimated to be 3470 people in my constituency of North Ayrshire & Isle of Arran living with sight loss - higher than the national average. Indeed, in this constituency there has been an increase of 16% in the number of people living with sight loss between 2008 and 2018 - that's 490 people. RNIB further estimates that there are around 10,110 people in North Ayrshire & Arran living with one of the four most prevalent sight threatening eye conditions: age-related macular degeration, cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, including those who may not yet experience symptoms. That is why I have agreed to become and RNIB Champion to speak up on behalf of those living with sight loss in my constituency.