There are still a large number of people who feel excluded from important votes and who are frustrated at not being able to exercise their right to vote, simply because the traditional process has not moved on. How can it be that in 2014, people with sight loss still cannot vote as easily as everyone else?
It's probably no surprise to most of us that contact lenses are extremely useful to sportsmen and women who don't have 20/20 vision. A rugby player with glasses doesn't really make sense considering the heavy contact element of that sport - and indeed if you look at any sport which involves a moving ball of any kind we can see the benefit of contact lenses over glasses.
Disposable lenses are hygienically better and more convenient, so from that point of view daily disposable soft contact lenses could be considered the best option. This is because they are sterile single use lenses, individually packed, you handle them once to insert, once to remove and then discard them. The risk of contamination is extremely low with this modality.
The current reality, though, is that all too often newly diagnosed people are left alone and vulnerable, without access to the support they so desperately need. Confirmation of sight loss is devastating news. And it often comes with no practical advice, counselling, support or guidance. This is a terrible predicament for anyone facing this appalling situation.
There are real concerns that eye clinics across England are struggling to cope with current demand meaning that many patients are having their appointments, treatment and follow up care delayed or cancelled. These delays can lead to people going blind unnecessarily. At the minimum people are experiencing extreme worry and anxiety.
12.5 million people across the world are blind because of glaucoma and 10% of people registered blind in the UK have this condition. In England alone, approximately 480,000 people are affected by a particular type of glaucoma called 'open angle' glaucoma and those of African Caribbean descent are six times more likely to develop this type of glaucoma than those of other ethnicities.