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Daniel and his guide dog Zodiac lying on the floor

Life Beyond the OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) Scan

You happily go along to the optometrist, feeling good about life. Then comes the bolt out of the blue when the OCT scan reveals a problem. You need to be referred to an ophthalmologist.
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Fancy a REAL Blind Date?

If you’re going to accept an invitation for a date from someone who has appalling sight like me, don’t be fooled. It’s no good thinking you may as well turn up wearing your old gardening clobber and save yourself a bit of time; if your date is blind, what the heck will it matter what...
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Look on the Bright Side of Being Registered Blind!

To be registered severely sight impaired (blind) you don’t need to have complete sight loss, you just need to meet certain criteria.
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Coming Out Blind

Come out blind. Begin to live again: with freedom, independence and laughing at real humour, not just at yourself
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Student Mohammed Anas from Pakistan in grey shirt and blue jeans

Blind People In Pakistan

I faced a lot of problems in my childhood because of society's attitude towards people with disabilities. But I overcame it. I am a warrior.
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Peter Black presenting on stage at Optrafair

Seeing Beyond the Eyes Zone podcast from #Optrafair

Our latest podcast, live from our Seeing Beyond the Eyes Zone at Optrafair 2019, updates you on the success of the project to date and gets feedback from our CET workshop attendees who are now empowered to refer their patients with sight loss to the relevant support services. Click this link to listen https://www.visualisetrainingandconsultancy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/VisualiseTC-podcast-April-2019-v2.wav With...
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Eye clinic room, full of equipment

Disempowered at The Eye Clinic

BJ Edwards shares his experience of accessing eye care in the 21st century. I have always received excellent medical care. As a patient who has endured a number of operations, prolonged stays at the hospital and numerous outpatient appointments, I have observed some excellent practise. Sadly, I have also observed some less than excellent practise...
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Supporting Low Vision Patients Who Can No Longer Drive

For many of us, learning to drive is one of life’s rites of passage. It represents a stepping-stone into adulthood, and a passport to independence we all too quickly take for granted. How it might feel to have that autonomy taken away from us is something to which we barely give a thought; yet for...
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Eye clinic room, full of equipment

Tea and Empathy at the Eye Clinic please…

Look Straight Ahead By BJ Edwards www.bjedwards.co.uk “Open as wide as you can for me…” the doctor says from the other side of the white light. “Look straight ahead… that’s it, nice and wide and straight ahead.” With warm and capable fingers, he raises my eyelid higher, and I grip the handles of the frame...
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I’m visually impaired, do I still need to have regular eye tests?

You might have found yourself in the situation that many people with sight loss face, that is going for an eye test and being told that glasses will not help or being told that there is nothing more they can do to improve your eyesight. This is a common experience and one that is very...
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