RNIB is contracted by Isle of Man Social Services to provide a Rehabilitation Service, a Low Vision Service and an Eye Care Liaison Officer (ECLO), conveniently located at Nobles Hospital Eye Clinic.
The Rehabilitation Service includes:
Support and information on eye conditions and advice on the visual impairment registration process.
Daily living skills, communication and mobility training and advice on specialist equipment for people with serious sight loss.
Informing individuals of benefit entitlements and assisting them in applying for relevant benefits and allowances.
Information on a range of voluntary and statutory services and onward referral where appropriate.
Inclusion in multidisciplinary assessments ensuring the needs of people with serious sight loss are assessed and supported.
Working with organisations in the voluntary, health and statutory sectors to improve services for people with sight loss.
Advice on the removal of physical barriers within the built environment to improve access for people with sight problems.
Information and support on issues or campaigns relevant to people with sight loss.
Visual awareness training for individuals who work with or provide services for blind or partially sighted people.
Low Vision Service
If any resident of the Isle of Man is finding it hard to see things clearly, even after having had their eyes tested and are wearing the right spectacles or contact lenses, they may have low vision. The Low Vision Service provides the opportunity for people to have an assessment of their eyesight. Low vision aids may be provided to help with tasks such as reading, watching television or finding your way around. you may not need any of the above, but could benefit from advice on ways to get the best from your vision or advice on improving lighting levels within your home. Referral to the service is via your Consultant Ophthalmologist or Optometrist only
Meet the RNIB Isle of Man team here
Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of poor vision and sight loss among the elderly although statistics show that less than 10% of the total population is aware of this condition. UK statistics also indicate that on the IOM there could be some 600 sufferers. The Manx Group has a strong membership including family members and friends of those affected. Promoting awareness of Macular Degeneration and provision of treatment on-island are paramount for the Manx Group.
Guide Dogs provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. They also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research.
Sailing for the Disabled, which was founded in 1984, offers adults and children with conditions that affects their day to day life, whether it is physical mental or emotional the opportunity of sailing on our own boat Pride of Mann III. Many of the people assisted have no previous experience of sailing - some have never been in a yacht before. It is a sport that may be tried at any age and with virtually any disability, including people in wheelchairs and those with visual and hearing impairment. Success we measure in enjoyment!