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 26.10.2016 | 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 04.08.2016 | 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 11.07.2016 | 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...

These Blind Rescue Dogs Are In Need Of A Forever Home

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Two blind dogs are patiently waiting for someone to adopt them from the animal rescue centre they're currently living at. Nine-year-old shih tzu Tallu...

These Glasses Could Help Blind People 'Read Again'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Tech

Glasses fitted with a specialised miniature camera could help people read who are legally registered as blind, a trial has found. The camera, which us...

The Fashion Designer Who's Bringing Visual Impairment Into the Fashion Industry

Emily Davison | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Style
Emily Davison

Bianca Von Stempel is a fashion designer motivated towards changing perceptions of visual impairment through her love for fashion design. Raising awareness of sight loss through her creative and dynamic deisgns. Out to prove that sight loss isn't a barrier to achieving your aspirations in life.

Miracle As Blind Woman's Vision Is Restored After Unrelated Spine Surgery

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who was legally blind for 21 years has regained her vision, after waking up from having surgery on her spine. Mary Ann Franco, from Florida, w...

What It's Like To Use Facebook As A Blind Person

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Tech

Facebook has unveiled a new tool to give blind people better access to the images posted on the platform. Its automatic alternative text feature aims ...

This Pitch Black Restaurant Has Been Hiring Blind Waiters For 10 Years

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

After fumbling and almost knocking over a glass of wine, I finally located the piece of bread I was searching for. I just hoped I was using it to mop ...

Husband's Act To Make His Blind Wife Smile Again Will Melt Your Heart

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A doting husband has planted thousands of flowers outside of his home to make his wife, who is blind, smile again. Mr and Mrs Kuroki, from Miyazaki...

Cholesterol Drug Could Help Restore Vision In Patients With AMD

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A drug commonly used to lower cholesterol could help restore vision in patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The health c...


Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 07.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

On 28 August 2014 I sponsored a puppy called Angel. Angel is a gorgeous golden retriever. She is yellow, furry and confident. Angel is being trained as a guide dog. I'm sent regular "pupdates" by the Guide Dogs, a charity which does important and massively empowering work.