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Support for those with Sight Loss in Orkney

Eye Care Liaison Officers (ECLOs) from RNIB Scotland will be visiting Orkney from July 29th – 31st to offer emotional and practical support to those living with sight loss. 

ECLOs are a vital service managed in hospitals by RNIB and other providers, offering reassurance and advice to those who have received a diagnosis of sight loss, or experienced changes to their condition.

They help individuals adjust to living with sight loss and maximize their confidence and everyday independence. 

While the service and advice is available over the phone, ECLO Anita Johnson and Service Manager Maeve Lawler will be visiting to offer in-person support to blind and partially sighted individuals. 

Speaking about the upcoming visit, Anita said:

“We understand how tough and isolating it can be to receive a diagnosis of sight loss. We’re looking forward to meeting people in Orkney and letting them know they have someone they can rely on for support.

sight loss advisor Anita Johnson, head and shoulder shot

“Our goal is to help them feel more confident and independent in their everyday lives, and we’re here to make that journey a little easier for them.” 

Anyone facing a diagnosis of sight loss or changes to their condition is encouraged to reach out to the ECLO service and RNIB for support. 

Call RNIB’s Helpline on 0303 123 9999 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, and Saturday 9am to 1pm or email helpline@rnib.org.uk.

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