About Us

We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.


We recognise everyone’s unique experience of sight loss and offer help and support for blind and partially sighted people – this can be anything from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services and the products we offer in our online shop.

We’re a catalyst for change – inspiring people with sight loss to transform their own personal experience, their community and, ultimately, society as a whole. Our focus is on giving them the help, support and tools they need to realise their aspirations.

Everyday 250 people begin to lose their sight. RNIB has a crucial role to play in creating a world where there are no barriers to people with sight loss. We want society, communities and individuals to see differently about sight loss.

What is the RNIB Portal?

The RNIB Portal allows quick access to create referrals for patients, apply for volunteering opportunities and to enquire about services

To keep your details secure, you will need to register to use this servuce

Registrations are completed using Registration Page which will capture your personal details

What is an ECLO?

ECLOs work closely with clinicians and eye care practitioners across health and social care. They provide patients diagnosed with an eye condition with the practical and emotional support they need to understand their diagnosis, live well with their sight loss and maintain their independence.

ECLOs are endorsed by the UK Ophthalmology Alliance (UKOA), the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth), NICE and the Department of Health and Social Care. A qualified ECLO will attend the Eye Clinic Support Studies Course (delivered by RNIB and City University, London), which is a recognised qualification by the UKOA, and adhere to the RNIB Quality Framework for ECLO Services.

For further information see our webpage.: The benefits of ECLOs - RNIB - See differently

Why are ECLOs needed?

When attending an eye clinic, people may not be able to take in or fully understand the information about their sight condition during their appointment and may not know what questions to ask. This is exacerbated by increasing demand and capacity challenges in hospitals where staff have little time to sit with an individual at the point of diagnosis to explain things more fully. Eye clinic staff are often unable to provide the information, emotional and practical support their patients' need. At what can be an emotionally traumatic time, the ECLO service can help provide this essential support in clinic when it’s needed most.