Visual impairment

Services for the blind and partially sighted

People who are blind, partially sighted or who have a significant sight problem can get help from the Royal Borough of Greenwich and other organisations.

Mobility and travelling

The team helps to advise people how to travel independently and safely, making best use of their sight and using specialist equipment if necessary.

Skills training

Skills training helps people who have sight problems to continue living independently by developing strategies and skills to cope with different tasks in their homes.

Low vision training

Low vision training helps people to find out which types of magnifiers or lighting are useful, and explains how to get the most out of the equipment that is available.


People who are registered blind or partially sighted with us are eligible for a disabled person's Freedom Pass. This allows free travel on public transport throughout London with only a few restrictions.

Blind people can also register with the Taxicard scheme.

Benefits and registration advice

Registration helps local authorities and other agencies and organisations to identify the number of people with serious sight loss in the area. Registration is completely voluntary.

Being blind does not automatically entitle you to any welfare benefits. However, being registered blind, severely sight impaired, or sight impaired or partially sighted can mean that you are eligible for some benefits.

The Welfare Rights team can help with benefits advice. You can also visit an advice centre.