DID you know that more than two million people in the UK are living with visual impairment, and this is predicted to double by 2050! Here in South Lakeland we have a 45 per cent higher incidence of visual impairment due to our older population.

Unfortunately a diagnosis of sight loss can often result in feelings of isolation, reduced confidence and increased anxiety. As a result it can become increasingly difficult to move around the community, remain in contact with friends and family, to continue working or pursue hobbies.

However, the positive news is that, in addition to the support available from organisations including Sight Advice South Lakes, the use of technology can also provide invaluable assistance. As we all know, technology has developed beyond recognition in the past decade and is increasingly being recognised as a way for people with sight loss to continue to engage and interact with the world around them. The equipment comes in all shapes and sizes and can include magnification, lighting, talking books or newspapers and voice enabled robots such as Alexa.

If you find that your sight is not what it used to be, or you are struggling with day to day tasks and want to know what equipment could help you, why not pop along to the free Sight Advice Future Vision Exhibition on Friday, May17, 10am to 4pm at Kendal Town Hall? There will be a whole host of devices and practical aids available to try, as well as a showcase of up and coming technology. Contact us on 030 300 30003 for further information about this opportunity and the support available locally.

Pam Lewis

Client Services Manager at Age UK South Lakeland