Did you know that 93% of blind and visually impaired people can see something. Well the RNIB has launched the How I See campaign to prove that just because someone is registered blind or visually impaired, it doesn’t mean that they can’t see anything at all.
The way that the RNIB’s How I See campaign works is, that as well as sharing the How I See video, blind and visually impaired people are also encouraged to share a description of how they see on social media using #HowISee. I have of course, already done this on Twitter, but I thought I would go into a little more detail.
I have a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which is a form of macular degeneration, this basically means that it will get worse over time. A couple of the symptoms of Retinitis Pigmentosa are, tunnel vision, and night blindness, which I also suffer from.
When someone says that they have tunnel vision, they describe it as looking through a funnel, which I guess is true, but I would describe it as being more like a spiral. I have a circle of vision that is some times clear, but not crystal clear, and can at times be quite blury depending on the time of day, amount of light, where I am, and whether or not i’m suffering from allergies that day. It then spirals out in concentric circles, getting more and more blury until I can’t see at all. With tunnel vision, I of course can’t see to my left, right, above, or below my eye line without moving my head.
Another thing I have, which is apparently linked to Retinitis Pigmentosa, is floaters. When the floaters occourr, my entire line of vision goes black, and these white floating pieces of fluff float around. This can happen at many different times of the day, but i’ve noticed that it mostly happens when I go from one lighting situation to another, like when it’s sunny out and I then go inside where it’s a little darker.
As i’ve already said, I also suffer from night blindness. This obviously means that I can’t see at night, but if I know where I am, I can figure out where I am going. For instance, i’ve lived in Wibsey all my life, and I can safely navigate my way to and from the local shop during the night. I think that’s because i’ve done it so many times that I could probably do it in my sleep, haha!
I am registered severely partially sighted, and I use a massive white cane, but as you can see from what i’ve said above, I can actually see a lot.
If you can, please watch and share the RNIB’s How I See campaign video with everyone you know, and who knows, maybe people will stop thinking that all visually impaired and blind people are totally blind, because most of us aren’t.