Presents the findings from a research study which identifies and explores the changing support needs of people with sight loss from the clinical, visual function and quality of life perspectives. Data were derived from biographical narrative interviews and a visual function questionnaire with people with sight loss, and semi-structured interviews with professionals involved in the delivery of specialist visual impairment services.
Needs that are ongoing as well as changing are identified and the ways in which these needs can be more easily identified and assessed are explored. Referral routes and access pathways to services are examined, identifying gaps and weaknesses. The findings are considered with regard to informing future service provision and identifying future research priorities.