Starting Point

How Starting Point can help you

Being told that your child has a visual impairment can turn your life upside down. It is natural to experience a whole host of emotions. Including the urge to find out everything there is to know about the child’s condition, so they can have the same opportunities as everyone else. 

Starting Point has been written by five expert organisations to give parents the information, support and guidance you need at the time of your child’s sight loss diagnosis. While it is not a substitute for information and advice from a medial professional, Starting Point is a gateway to invaluable information and support.


Starting Point covers a range of important topics, including:

Explaining the different sight conditions and treatment options

How to understand what your child can see

Outlining how professionals and expert organisations can help you

How to get the most out of your child’s eye clinic appointment

Starting Point focuses on providing information and support where sight loss is the main condition.

Starting Point also provides advice to parents who suspect their child has a sight condition, but have not yet seen an eye health professional. Please call Starting Point on 0800 781 1444 about being referred to a specialist.

We hope Starting Point provides the answers you're looking for; Parents looking for information about a child with an additional or complex need should contact SENSE, which can offer a broader range of support.

The diagnosis journey
Eye conditions explained
What can my child see?
The eye clinic appointment
What is a certificate of visual impairment?
Nursery and child care


Speaking with other parents

Early learning at home

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