Tips and aids for staying mobile as a blind or partially sighted person

A key part of maintaining independence as a person with low or no vision is mobility, having the confidence and the solutions to enable travel to and from work, to visit friends and family or to pop out to the local shops.

Independent travel as a blind or partially sighted person can be a daunting experience, particularly if you are doing it for the first time or you are without any assistive technology. With the right training and solutions at your fingertips, however, you can feel confident that you can get out and about whenever you feel like it.

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Cataracts - Coping with Changing Vision

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40 and are the principal cause of blindness in the world.  Half of all Americans have cataracts by the age of 80. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens and typically progresses slowly.  If left untreated, they may result in blindness.  Annual eye exams will help identify cataracts early and allow for treatment.

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Taking Back Control of Your Eyesight

When your eyesight starts to deteriorate, it can feel like you are losing control and independence. It goes without saying that your vision is integral to much of your everyday life, whether that is reading the paper, watching the television, or popping to the shops. As you start to lose your eyesight, it is natural to feel like you are losing control of your everyday life, which can leave you with feelings of sadness and frustration.

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