Sightloss event was a success

The RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) was giving people a chance to try out glasses (pictured) that simulate the effects of glaucoma and other eye conditions. Sighted Frank Reekie (left) is guided by Jason Roache, who is blind, as he tries out the glasses.
The RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) was giving people a chance to try out glasses (pictured) that simulate the effects of glaucoma and other eye conditions. Sighted Frank Reekie (left) is guided by Jason Roache, who is blind, as he tries out the glasses.

AN event to show shoppers what it is like to have conditions affecting their sight has been hailed a success.

The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) staged an awareness event in Peterlee town centre.

The event gave people the chance to try on a pair of special Sim-Spex glasses that show what sighted people will be affected by conditions like glaucoma.

Organisers said that this allows sighted people to appreciate the effects of sight loss or partial-sightedness.

Local RNIB campaigner Jason Roche helped set up the event and said it was a success.

He said: “The event went well and we think we’ve helped to get the message on sight loss across.”

It was held as part of National Eye Health week, staged from Monday, September 16, to raise awareness of sight loss and how it is affecting 11 million people across the UK.

The event was aimed to give credence to the way in which diagnosis can come early and could avoid sight loss.

The RNIB is promoting the service, within the NHS, to be there for people diagnosed with eye conditions/sight loss, to assist and encourage and to be there for people who, of course, will feel shocked and sometimes helpless.

People can find out more information about the charity by calling 0303 1239999 or emailing: helpline@rnib.org.uk