A new visual impairment information site launched in Scotland

Leading sight loss charity RNIB Scotland has welcomed the launch of a new Scottish Government website that brings together information on all aspects of visual impairment.

The Eyes.Scot site was launched on the 09th of August.

James Adams, director of RNIB Scotland, said: "Around 170,000 people are currently living in Scotland who are blind or partially sighted. This will inevitably increase as we have an ageing population and a rising rate of sight-threatening conditions such as diabetes.

"So it's vital that we all understand how to maintain good eye-health, and that government and health services take the steps necessary to contain any increase as far as possible.

"The Eyes.Scot website will provide an invaluable one-stop hub from which people can access information on eye conditions, eye-health, and the wide range of support services provided by bodies like RNIB Scotland throughout the country. We have worked with the Scottish Government to ensure the new site is accessible to people with limited vision and for screen-reading software.”

Public Health Minister Maree Todd said: “Eye care is an important part of everyone’s health. I welcome the launch of Eyes.Scot, Scotland’s new national website for information about eye care services and eye health. Supporting both the public and eye care professionals, Eyes.Scot is an invaluable resource which provides easy access to information about how best to look after our eyes and sight. With the launch of Eyes.Scot all of this information is now available in one place making it easier to find and access the right information.”