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Sight Loss – The Essential Guide

If your sight is not as good as it used to be, you are not alone. Sight loss affects 1.8 million people in the UK. RNIB research predicts that by 2050 the number of people with partial sight and blindness in the UK will double to nearly 4 million, and most people find their sight worsening as they get older.

Sight Loss – The Essential Guide, by Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson, published on 1st December 2010, is for anyone who wishes to find out more about sight loss or who is concerned about that of a relative or friend.

This practical guide takes you through all aspects of sight loss, starting with how it is defined and what causes it. This book also covers the help and support, including financial aid, which is available, and tips on adjusting your home and lifestyle to suit your changing needs.

Both authors are aware of the difficulties created by sight loss: Antonia Chitty is a trained optometrist as well as a freelance health writer; Victoria Dawson has been teaching in special schools for eight years. They say, ‘Losing your sight is stressful and confusing. You can find yourself visiting a number of professionals who may talk in jargon, and afterwards sit at home wondering exactly what is happening to your sight.’ This book aims to explain in clear terms what is happening to your vision, what you can expect in the future and offers advice and support.

If you or someone you know is suffering from worsening vision, Sight Loss – The Essential Guide will give you a better understanding of eye problems and offers practical tips and solutions at this worrying time.

Published by Need2Know – the imprint of Forward Press that focuses on overcoming real life problems – Sight Loss – The Essential Guide is the 60th in the series and is available now from the Need2Know website ( or by calling 01733 898103 or emailing The book is also available from all good bookshops. Sight Loss is also available in large print format, and as an ebook from the Need2Know website.

Publication Date: 1st December 2010 (Pre-publication copies available now)

ISBN: 978-1-86144-091-4

Binding: Paperback

Price: £9.99

Dimensions: 205mm x 195mm



Notes for Editors:

  1. ‘Sight Loss – The Essential Guide’ is priced at £9.99

2. Antonia Chitty is a freelance health writer and author of a number of parenting and business books. She trained as an optometrist and promoted eye health for RNIB before moving on to write health features for Which? Magazine.

Victoria Dawson is a teacher; she has taught in special schools for eight years and holds a post graduate diploma in Special and Inclusive Education and a diploma in counselling. Victoria has also worked for Scope as a project manager, researching and writing a training package around strengthening family relationships when the child has a disability.

  1. A jpeg high-resolution image of the cover is available upon request.
  1. Translations will shortly be available. Please contact the Need2Know office for details.
  1. Need2Know is the imprint of People’s Publisher Forward Press Ltd.

Forward Press writing initiatives include: Young Writers / Anchor Books / Spotlight Poets / Need2Know / Triumph House / New Fiction / WomensWords / StrongWords / Poetry Now / Pond View. Find out more at:

For more information or interviews with Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson contact Alison Cross on 01733 898103 or email:

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