An extra VIDA Insight this week in honour of #NationalSunglassesDay!
For anyone that knows me well, you’ll have noticed that I (Dave) wear mainstream sunglasses all year round. I have been asked why I need to wear sunglasses if I can’t see but, for me, I wear them to prevent the glare from the sun. I have a little bit of sight left, with this being very sensitive to light, so it is therefore more comfortable to wear glasses and limit the glare. Obviously the sun is brighter in the summer but, for me, it’s just as glary in the winter too! The other reason I wear them is, as mentioned in the VIDA Insight No.2 post (Sun, warmth, straggly Bushes), I wear them to prevent bushes, trees and any other overgrown shrubs hitting me in the eyes when I’m walking around. My personal choice is the Oakley europe Whisker sunglasses. They are quite expensive but they are lightweight, very comfortable to wear, grip nicely and, most of all, look smart and ‘normal’. They have polarized lenses too which further helps prevent glare. There are other reasons why vision impaired people wear sunglasses and everyone has their own reasons. There are also many different types of sunglasses and filters available, some of them designed for vision impaired people or specific eye conditions. The company MediView make filters for eye sight conditions such as Retinitis Pigmentosa and Macular Degeneration as well as for other conditions such as migraines and diabetes.
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Our VIDA Insights...
Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.