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People with sight loss face challenges on a daily basis

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As our reporter found out in a simulated exercise something as simple as walking through the city centre is a challenge for someone who is blind or has severely impaired sight. Obstacles such as street furniture, kerbs, uneven paving or parked vehicles are all hazards which never occur to sighted people.

One person who has suffered blindness after a seemingly innocuous accident put things in stark perspective. Not only are there physical challenges but mental ones, especially a sense of isolation. The exercise was organised by the Royal National Institute of Blind People to emphasise the importance of having regular sight tests and taking heed of vision changes.

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