Fight for Sight investigates how lockdown restrictions impact those with eye conditions

The charity has launched a survey to gather insight in light of continued COVID-19 restrictions

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Eye care charity Fight for Sight has launched a survey to gather insight into how continued lockdown restrictions in the UK are affecting those with sight loss and eye conditions.

The charity is inviting those affected by sight loss or eye conditions to participate in the survey.

It is hoped that the results will help Fight for Sight to continue campaigning on behalf of people with sight loss, and to strengthen the case for urgently needed eye research funding.

The survey is a follow-up to research that the charity carried out in May, at the height of the UK’s first lockdown, which found that the pandemic was having a disproportionate effect on people with eye conditions.

The May research saw 73% of respondents reporting that their access to treatment had got worse since the beginning of the pandemic, while 40% said they feared their eyesight had deteriorated, or would further deteriorate, as a result.

Director of engagement at Fight for Sight, Sarah Campion, said: “We know from our research that the current pandemic and lockdown is having a particularly harsh effect on those living with eye conditions and sight loss.

“We need the input of those affected so that we can understand how lockdown restrictions are continuing to impact them as we head into 2021 and determine how best to campaign on their behalf.”

The findings will also help Fight for Sight make decisions on the future of the charity’s research priorities.

To take part in the survey, you must be aged 18 or over, living in the UK, and personally have an eye condition.

The survey can be taken here.