The RNIB is campaigning to raise awareness of the issues facing 1.8 million older blind and partially sighted people through a new resource pack called See Change.
The charity has sent 1,200 packs to strategic health authorities, social service departments and primary care trusts outlining how organisations can lobby on the issue at a local level. An additional 150 packs are being sent to the Department of Health, voluntary organisations and other bodies.
"See Change explains how timely support and intervention can prevent dependency and improve lives," said Linda Seru, assistant director of the RNIB's social inclusion unit.
As part of the same drive, around 50 people from charities, including Age Concern, attended a conference at the RNIB last week.