Research into support for carers of visually impaired people

Research fellow James Enoch and colleague Dr Ahalya Subramanian are working on a research project, based at City University of London and University of Manchester, to explore what support, if any, carers of visually impaired people are receiving from healthcare professionals or charities. The survey aims to understand your experience of supporting a family member, partner, or friend who is living with visual impairment. The aim of the study is to explore whether carers for a person with visual impairment feel supported themselves, or whether additional or different forms of support could be useful.

Supporting someone with a chronic health condition can be challenging, and there is increasing awareness that it is important to support family members, friends or carers alongside the people directly affected by such conditions. However there is little understanding of the experiences of family members or friends who support visually impaired people (VIP), or the support available to them in their caregiving/supporting role. Therefore, this questionnaire seeks to understand whether the people supporting VIP feel able to access the right support when they need it; and what their views are on the quality of support available.

You must be 18 or older to take part, and must be based in the UK. Participation in the project is voluntary. The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and can be accessed by typing the following shortened link into the browser address bar:

If you would prefer to respond to the survey via post or phone, please contact Jamie Enoch, Research Fellow at the University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB. Email: Tel: 020 7040 3261 (Mon-Wed)

Source: City, University of London