Blindness

A Relatively Simple Gene Therapy Procedure Could Reverse Blindness

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK Tech

For the first time, scientists have used gene therapy to successfully reverse blindness in mice suffering with an inherited condition, which causes pe...

New Channel 4 Adverts Show Viewers What It's Like To Experience Sight Loss

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Viewers tuned into Channel 4 on Monday night will get an insight into what it’s like to experience sight loss thanks to new adverts created to mimic...

This Is Why Blind People Are Thrilled About The New £10 Note

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK

Visually impaired people have praised the new £10 note for a special feature built in to help tell notes apart. The new polymer tenner, which will be...

VIP at Glastonbury

Kirsty James | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kirsty James

I was there to represent the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) - the Festival's official health charity partner - so I arrived on-site before the gates opened. This was fantastic as it meant that I could explore the site with no crowds to get through, helping me create a mental picture of the festival. The site was vast and the ground uneven, so I was glad I'd packed some sturdy footwear as I walked miles every day exploring.

Going To Glastonbury Blind

Kirsty James | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kirsty James

And when it comes to the mud, wind and rain, it's part of festival life, so I embrace it - it's hilarious when my guide is slipping and sliding all over the place whilst trying to keep me on track!

Scientists Have Been Able To Reverse Age-Related Blindness By Infecting The Eye With A Virus

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists from Johns Hopkins have found a therapy that can actually preserve the vision of patients suffering from a form of age-related blindness. W...

The Diary Of Our First Adventure With Guide Dog Oscar

Paul King | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

It's been a little while since you last heard from me, and that's because Elaine and I have been on our first ever holiday with my guide dog, Oscar. We enjoyed a week travelling around bonnie Scotland, and Oscar didn't put a paw wrong!

Blind Dating And Awkward Romance

Marc Gulwell | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Gulwell

If I can offer a word of advice, don't ever do speed dating without research first. The bars can be dark, and there is a lot of movement. Not the good kind of movement either. Check to see if there are mirrors on the wall, as good looking as you may be, you aren't going to get anywhere by chatting up yourself in the mirror.

We're Running The London Marathon For Our Best Friend And His Wife

Jack Corbett | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jack Corbett

With all of us married, having been best men at each other's weddings, it was time to face a new challenge together and the iconic London Marathon seemed like the obvious choice. Training has been tough, but we've stuck to the schedule, fitting in sessions several times a week around the demands of work and family life. And the two of us have met up each Sunday for our weekly long run, getting some miles under our belts ahead of the big day.

Volunteering Abroad Renews Your Sense Of Pride And Faith In The NHS

Manish Raval | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Manish Raval

I'm an anaesthetist and volunteer for blindness prevention charity Orbis. We operate the Flying Eye Hospital, which is a teaching facility with both a...

This Incredible Braille Smartwatch Lets People Feel Text Messages

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Tech

Nearly 20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee suggested that the power of the web was in its universality. “Access by everyone regardless of disability is an...

I Went Blind For A Year

Georgie Morrell | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Georgie Morrell

life less ordinary banner I went from being a spunky 21-year-old storming around London with no clue about who she was or what she was doing, to an isolated child-like woman who couldn't or, better yet, wouldn't adapt to her new-found blindness.

Enjoying My New-Found Freedom (And Fame!) Thanks To My Guide Dog

Paul King | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

When I went blind, I really did think that my life was over because it cost me my business, my home and my freedom. It put me in such a bad place, mentally. Now, thanks to Oscar and Guide Dogs, I'm planning for the future again and I'm gradually getting back to the old me.

BBC's 'Notes On Blindness' Humanises Visual Impairment

Georgie Bullen | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK
Georgie Bullen

Over a third of older people living with sight loss suffer with depression, which is an issue not often discussed or considered. And more than two million people in the UK live with sight loss. That's 1 in 30, and the figure is rising.

My New Guide Dog Has Given Me Independence For The First Time In Eight Years

Paul King | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

It's barely the end of January and already, 2017 is proving to be a brilliant year. Why? Because I've been partnered with a wonderful yellow labrador called Oscar. Before that, I hadn't left my home on my own since I lost my sight completely eight years ago.

My Mum's Sudden Brush With Blindness

Dominic Haslam | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dominic Haslam

When I was first able to talk to my mother after her surgery, she said, fighting back the tears: "I just couldn't stop thinking about not seeing my children and grandchildren again." For so many people, that painful thought becomes a reality. A reality that in many cases can be easily avoided.

Applying For A Guide Dog Made Me Feel Like I Was In Control Of My Life Again

Paul King | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

You have no control over so many things when you lose your vision, which is particularly painful for a control freak like me. Even simple things like making toast can be a challenge - I've buttered quite a few kitchen worktops in my time!

I Felt Degraded By A Taxi Driver Because Of My Guide Dog And Sadly I'm Not Alone

Elin Williams | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Elin Williams

It is not only illegal under the Equality Act (2010) to turn someone like me away because they are travelling with an assistance dog, but it also can knock a visually impaired person's confidence and prevent them from doing everyday things like travel to work, or visit friends and family.

An Epidemic Of Diabetes Is Sweeping The World. And Not Enough People Are Taking Notice

Dr Astrid Bonfield, CBE | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Astrid Bonfield, CBE

Today is World Diabetes Day. One in eleven adults are diabetic. By 2040, one in ten adults will have diabetes. As the burden of the disease continues to grow, blindness from diabetes is set to increase.

Why I Haven't Left My Home On My Own For Eight Years

Paul King | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

I just haven't had the confidence to learn how to use a white cane. I hate the clicking sound it makes as you go, and I don't want to draw that attention to myself. Instead, Elaine has learned how to guide me - partly through the internet, partly trial and error.

Blindness Doesn't Scream Massive Lolz But Sometimes We Need To Find The Funny

Georgie Morrell | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Comedy
Georgie Morrell

There have been times when I wanted to give up, I couldn't do battle with my body anymore and they never let me give up. They kept me strong. They fought for me. Now the tables had turned it was my Mum who needed me to fight for her.

Heartwarming Photos Show Visually-Impaired Moggies Are 'Worthy Of Life And Love'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A photographer has set out to showcase the “beauty of blind cats” in a stunning photo series. Los Angeles-based photographer Casey Christopher ha...

How Close Are We to a Cure for Blindness?

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Gates Cambridge Scholars

*Karen Hong [2015] completed an MPhil in Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She is current...

Notes on Blindness: Sensory Cinema and the Beauty of Cognition

Kevin J. Hunt | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kevin J. Hunt

The experience of Notes on Blindness and its phenomenal ability to share something of John Hull's perception of the world certainly makes it seem like this is possible.

New Treatment Means Some Types Of Blindness Can Be Reversed

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Tech

Vision loss that was previously considered irreversible can actually be partially reversed and patients given “significant vision improvement” acc...