About us

Fight Against Blindness was founded and registered with the Charity Commission in 2008.  All trustees including the chairman are unpaid.

Patron - Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM DL

Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire

Vice Patron - Sir Hugh Duberly  KVCO, CBE

Vice Patron - Mr Benjamyn H Damazar JP DL

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire

Specialist Sight Loss and Visual Impairment Clinical Psychology Service for children and young people in the UK.

We help children with all VI including Joubert’s syndrome, Nystagmus, Ocular/motor apraxia, Myopia, Refractive amblyopia, Unexplained visual symptoms, Catastrophic visual loss due to autoimmune, Outer retinal damage, Bilateral pseudophakia, Right Glaucoma, Right Microphthalmia, Ocular Albinism, Nystagmus, Squint and high myopia, Sticklers, Functional visual impairment, Retinitis Pigmentosa, which  is the largest untreatable cause of hereditary blindness in children and young adults in the UK.

A diagnosis of a condition that leads to sight loss can be incredibly hard to accept and adjust to.  Many conditions are progressive in nature, and both parents and the child or young person have to adapt and incorporate this into their lives.

Coping with the prospect of progressive (and often aggressive) visual deterioration is challenging and sight loss impacts on the life choices that children and families have to make,  including education, leisure activities, choice of career and place of residence.

The Psychological Service provided by FAB and based within hospital paediatric eye clinics aims to help families manage the additional demands a visual impairment presents. The clinical psychologists work with families to assess emotional well-being and identify ways of providing intervention for any specific difficulties, for example;  anxiety, feeling ‘different’ to peers, coping with transitions (such as to school/secondary school), communication about their eye condition, gaining independence through adolescence, and parental adjustment.

FAB Hospital Eye Clinic Psychology Staff

Team FAB - Amy, Isobelle, Clare, Devanshi, Emma and Ian