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McNeil a shade unfair to visually impaired

In his article about Victoria Beckham and her darkened glasses (Life, October 18), Robert McNeil wrote: "I don't trust those who wear them [sunglasses] particularly when there's no sunshine.

"There's something evil about shades. When you check the rear-mirror of your car and catch a shades-wearer driving behind, they look peculiarly grim and faintly sinister."

Has Robert considered that Posh might have an eye condition? Many children and adults need to wear 'shades' to reduce the effects of photophobia (sensitivity to light).

This may occur with eye problems and, in severe cases, can cause eye pain even in relatively low light.

Angel Eyes NI is a charity which supports families of children who have a visual impairment. Many children with a visual impairment wear tinted, or darkened, lenses.

Let's not say that there is something evil about wearing shades; that we don't trust those who do, or that those who do are grim and sinister.

Perhaps Robert may wish to take advantage of RNIB's visual awareness training.

On a much more positive note, the recent article featuring Tori Tennant surfing at Benone (Life, October 12) was uplifting and inspiring.

It increased awareness of visual impairments, but also highlighted what can be achieved with courage and determination.

MAXINE MAUGER

Angel Eyes NI

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