Sight loss can affect anyone at any time. Every day over 100 people start to lose their sight in the UK, and almost two million people across Britain are living with sight loss. That's approximately one person in thirty. As our population is ageing, the number of people losing their vision will increase dramatically in the future, and it's predicted that by 2020 the number of people with sight loss will rise to over 2.25m. But with the right intervention, over 50 per cent of vision loss can be avoided. Hull charity Sight Support, based in Beverley Road, provides support for people with sight loss in our region with and provide a wide range of services to help visually impaired people enjoy the same opportunities and quality of life as those who are fully sighted. The charity raise awareness of eye conditions, with the aim of trying to catch sight issues early whilst they can still potentially be treated. Hull Live reporter Anna Riley went along to Sight Support to gain an insight into … [Read more...] about What it’s like to go blind for a day
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THE site of the world's worst nuclear disaster has seen a huge surge in visitors in the wake of a gripping TV show. Here's what we know about Chernobyl power plant, and why the writer of the series has urged tourists to show respect. Where is Chernobyl? Chernobyl is a ghost city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, where a power plant explosion claimed the lives of dozens of people 33 years ago. At least 31 people died following exposure to radiation, but the World Health Organisation has estimated that thousands of people could eventually be exposed to fatal radiation. Chernobyl is situated in northern Kieve Oblast in Ukraine, near the border with Belarus. The site and the nearby city of Pripyat were evacuated on April 23, 1986, 30 hours after the most disastrous nuclear accident in history. Pripyat, a city of 50,000 people and far closer to the power plant than Chernobyl itself, was built in the 1970s as a home for the power plant workers. The city and surrounding area have … [Read more...] about Where is Chernobyl, can I go there and is it safe to visit?
Sara Crowley says she lives in constant fear of losing her sight. She was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy almost a decade ago due to complications with her type one diabetes. The condition became so severe that in 2014 she lost all sight in her right eye. Thankfully, following a series of laser treatments and operations, she was able to see out of it again. Ever since she has needed regular check-ups at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. But the Aberdare resident claims postponements and cancellations have become such a frequent occurrence that she fears going blind altogether. "Every time you get one of those letters you think 'Could this delay be the reason I lose my sight forever?'" said Sara, 31. "I wish letters cancelling appointments came with cameras built in so they could see what sort of impact this can have on people. "It isn’t just a normal letter, it can be the catalyst for a real emotional breakdown if you’re living in fear of losing your sight." … [Read more...] about Living in fear of going blind on Wales’ eyesight waiting list
THE Royal Variety Performance has been entertaining the nation and the Royal family for over a century and this year is shaping up to be a night to remember. The annual extravaganza tends to sell out quickly so here's everything you need to know about Royal Variety tickets and whether you can attend the fabled after show party... How much are tickets to the Royal Variety Performance? Tickets are available to buy through the official Royal Variety Performance website here. They range from £70 in the Upper Circle to £420 in the stalls and Royal Circle Combined tickets for the show and aftershow which was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane are also available. Though these will set you back a cool £595. Visit https://store.royalvarietycharity.org for more information. Can I go to the after show party and banquet? One of the entertainment industry's most exclusive events is open to the public. Tickets to the aftershow party and banquet cost … [Read more...] about Royal Variety Performance 2019 tickets – how much are they and can I go to the after show party and banquet?
Gareth Davies was just 20 when he was told that one day, he would go completely blind. Over the following two decades, his vision gradually disappeared describing it like 'steam rising up a mirror'. Now 45, it was five years ago that his vision deteriorated even further and he went for tests which led to him being registered blind. He expects to be completely blind in around 18 months. It was 25 years ago that Gareth was first told to have tests after his brother had been checked after repeatedly failing his driving test. Gareth was then told he had Retinitis Pigmentosa, a permanent condition with no cure. He said: “I always knew I was very short sighted, and when I was diagnosed it helped understand why I would bump into things." At the time Gareth said he "wasn't too bothered" and got on with his life. But by the time he was 40, his vision deteriorated and he went for further tests. Now aged 45, he said: "My wife at the time said I needed to go and get my … [Read more...] about The utterly terrifying journey of going blind in your forties