Tuesday May 26, 2020

'Sight loss means a loss of independence'

Loss of confidence is the biggest issue facing people with vision impairment. Ahead of World Sight Day, Elaine Prendeville speaks to a number of National Council for the Blind service users about living with sight loss and raising awareness

7th October, 2018
David Kortuokhan, 49, moved to Ireland from Sierra Leone some years ago

Thursday next, October 11 is World Sight Day, an annual awareness drive for those living with varying levels of sight loss.

On a global level, an estimated one billion individuals live with some degree of visual impairment. Their lives are impacted in myriad ways, from the emotional and social to the practical concerns that accompany what is an increasingly common condition.

In Ireland, the number of individuals living with some level of sight loss is reckoned...

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