A total 93% of people who are registered as blind or partially sighted can see something, yet many people assume that someone with a guide dog or a cane cannot see anything.
In a bid to dispel some of the misconceptions around sight loss, such as these, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched a short film, #HowISee. Featuring five blind and partially sighted people, they share their stories and experiences on camera.
Appearing in the film, paralympian Marc Powell, who is registered blind, said: “I have what I would call an invisible disability. In the past, when I have asked for help, many people look at me and assume I am being lazy.”
Mr Powell explained: “I regularly ask members of staff at the train station for help reading the departure boards. All too often, they just tell me to look at the board and point to it. When I explain that I am visually impaired, they usually become very embarrassed, which is uncomfortable for them and for me.”
He added: “I believe that this is due to a lack of understanding of sight loss among the general public, and hope that RNIB’s #HowISee film will help address this."