Leading sight loss charity, RNIB, assists with EastEnders storyline

RNIB, the leading sight loss charity, has been assisting BBC One soap EastEnders with a plotline.

Part of the furniture: June Brown has played Dot since 1985

Last night (9 December) viewers saw Albert Square favourite Dot Branning – actress June Brown – get confirmation that she has wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), after having tests to determine the cause of her sight deterioration.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People has now revealed that it has been working with writers and researchers at the beeb for several months to ensure that Dot’s storyline is portrayed in a sensitive and realistic manner.

“Experiencing problems with your sight can be frightening and isolating, as Dot has found, and we applaud the way the story has been depicted by EastEnders. We look forward to continuing to work together as the storyline progresses, making sure Dot’s deteriorating sight is accurately portrayed as she takes on everyday challenges.


“We hope that Dot’s experience will encourage people to stop and think about their eye health, and, like Dot, seek help if they are concerned about their sight. Not everyone has a friend like Patrick to help them come to terms with losing their sight, but RNIB is here for everyone affected by sight loss, to give emotional and practical support.” – Sally Harvey, RNIB’s Interim Chief Executive

To find out more, visit: Dot’s Story

Dot receives her diagnosis
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