Blind tour of town brings home issue of sight loss

Rugby Rokeby Lions guided a number of people through the streets of Rugby today (Friday) to mark World Sight Day. The experience gave people the opportunity to begin to understand the challenges both blind and partially sighted people, face on a daily basis.
Rugby Rokeby Lions guided a number of people through the streets of Rugby today (Friday) to mark World Sight Day. The experience gave people the opportunity to begin to understand the challenges both blind and partially sighted people, face on a daily basis.
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EVERY day when we wake up most of us take for granted the fact that we can see.

But imagine being blind, in complete and total darkness.

What if you had never seen a sunrise or sunset and could only imagine what colours look like?

Rugby Rokeby Lions gave people the chance to experience life without vision as part of World Sight Day last Thursday.

Five people took part in the experiment held in the town centre, including Rugby Mayor Gwen Hotten.

Cllr Hotten said: “It was amazing once I got the blindfold on how differently I perceived things.

“I was suddenly very aware of the sounds around me and the markings on the pavements. Even though I was familiar with where I was it was quite scary.

“The dog I had was called Spritz and although he was very young I thought he did brilliantly.”

She added: “I was also impressed with the innovative aids they had at Rugby library.”

Mike Swan, Lions public relations officer, said: “We went to Barclays Bank and Rugby Library to see what facilities they have for blind and partially sighted people and they were both excellent.”

“A simple eye test can pick up sight-threatening problems it’s our aim to highlight this.”

Tests can pick up conditions including glaucoma, cataract, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, dry eye and inflammation of the cornea.

Organisers would like to thank everyone who supported the day.