Having a Visually Impairment

Having a Visually Impairment by Sandi Stevenson

Visually Impairment is any kind of vision loss, whether it’s someone who cannot see at all or has limited sight.  Some people me find it difficult to come to terms with  there eye sight but getting the right help will give you that indepent life.

I was born with being Partially Sighted and wearing glasses, some of the time because didn’t like wearing them at all.

The frustrating think was my family would wraps me in cotton wool because of my vision and having one kidney.  I just found it hard because they never got to knew me and ask me what I would like.

People with Visually Impairment are still the same ke everyone else, we just do thing in another way that’s all.  It’s amazing how we cope and have that independent but some people don’t get it.

I went to Kaimes School in Edinburgh, it’s use for people visually impaired and I was there from 1986 to 1994 it was ok but I got bullied by some people.

In 2013 my vision deteriorated and had to get cataracts surgery but before hand my consultant said there is a night chance it won’t work..  he was right as it left me with sight loss.

It really was heard to come to terms with  limited division.   I ended making myself housebound and not going out for a while.  The way to describe my vision
it’s blurry, like a wet window,
I can see big objects but sometimes hard to make out
My eyes are sensitive to bright light
If I’m filling forms in its hard because I can’t see the writing so I get something g to do it for me
I can see people but hard to me out there faces, no offence

RNIB done assessment to see if I’m coping around my house and they gave me couple bumps to put on my kitchen appliances so I can see things better.  I also got Long Cane training to use so I could go out myself independently.

Using a long Cane is very independent, it really helps if you walk in to something with your cane,  that means you can avoid the obstacles and not get hurt.  There a good thing about using a cane as it white, the pubic can see it and they move out the way to let you past but there is one or two that don’t.

There loads of kind people that see someone with Visually Impairment that like to help, which is nice but some  people don’t understand, we can still have an independent life and get around ourselves safely.

As I said it hard getting from A to sometimes as you get 7 people stopping you and asking if you would like help., all you can do is smile and say no Thank you., if you dont need the help.

I am registered as blind hand had to give up my employment due to health reasons as I was struggling to things.  I have to put drops and ointment in my every night as my eyes go dry.

Coming up for a year now and I’ve  been attending groups and clubs at RNIB Hillside, which is really good as you meet people in the same situation as you.   I sdo like going to the Art, Craft Group and also play dominoes too.

RNIB at Hillside has a shop that’s got loads of things to help Bling and Partially Sighted people,  I’ have purchased a free things that help me.

I have a My Guide Volunteer that help me get out so I can boast my confidence,  it’s really door as I feel safe plus can do the things I done before like exploring places

Moew up very soon



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