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# Blindness

This year
Opinion: I am now blind - here are some tips for the sighted to help us along
Robert Thompson lives with significant sight loss and here, he describes how he handled the diagnosis and learned to live again.
All time
Opinion: I've been accused of faking my visual impairment - this got worse during Covid
Gillian Stafford outlines what life has been like as a person battling blindness and the further challenges she’s faced during the pandemic.
Bye-bye bifocals, hello bionic eyes: the future of seeing and hearing
Plus how Amazon’s Alexa could be literally inside your ear.
'I don’t know any different': Former Voice of Ireland star refuses to let sight loss hold her back
Rebecca Kelly and three other members of her family live with visual impairment.
'People always say my dad is amazing. He's not, he's just blind'
A new play aims to challenge perceptions about people with disabilities.
'It puts holes in the retina': Thousands at risk of blindness due to diabetes-linked eye disease
“People absolutely take their eyesight for granted until there’s a problem,” Stephen Duffy said.
The number of blind people in the world is set to triple by 2050
That is according to a new study, which said more than 115 million people will be blind by the middle of this century.
'Technology is the great equaliser' - how two apps for those with impaired sight are levelling the playing field
The two apps have been developed in conjunction with National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).
Using your smartphone at night could make you temporarily blind
This week, a woman from Fermanagh described her experience of Transient Smartphone Blindness.
Breakthrough as 'bionic eye' restores sight in blind patients
A new clinical trial has given hope to people with sight loss.
My 2014: I met the Taoiseach, President Obama, and put spinal injuries on the global agenda
I may no longer be the adventure athlete I was before I broke my back, but I am now an explorer searching for a cure for spinal cord injuries.
'Exciting step forward' as human embryo stem cell transplant restores sight in patients
No safety concerns were detected up to 22 months after the transplant.
Opinion: Losing my sight at 23 was traumatic, but my dog is with me every step of the way
What my sight loss has shown me is that we can’t control what happens to us – we can only control how we deal with it.
Calls for measures to be introduced to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020
There are currently more than 220,000 people in Ireland who are blind or vision impaired.
'I went to look at myself in the mirror and I couldn’t see my face'
Joe McPhilips has told the story of how he went blind, in the hope of reminding people of the importance of correctly managing their diabetes.
Have you had an eye test in the last two years? Half of people in Ireland haven't
A fifth have never had a sight test at all.
Irish people going blind waiting for cataract surgery
Ireland could save €76 million annually if earlier intervention was prioritised.
Trinity researchers make blindness breakthrough
The researchers looked at age-related macular degeneration, which causes blindness in sufferers.
These are the sights Irish people would miss most
Sightsavers asks people to take snaps of things they would miss being able to see were they to lose their vision… this is the result.
Column: Why are over two thirds of blind people in the world women?
It’s unimaginable to many in the developed world that a person could be last in line for medical care and education simply because of gender – but for millions of women this is the stark reality, writes Michael Marren.
Column: I went blind at 14 – but my guide dog Miles has changed my life
Kevin Kelly was plunged into a world of darkness when he went completely blind at just 14, but thanks to his companion Miles he has been able to obtain a Master’s degree and pursue the career he wanted.
Which noises sound good to a blind person?
The things that sound best when you can’t see.
Blind people have the potential to use their 'inner bat' to locate objects
Researchers are now looking at developing training programmes and assistive devices for blind people using the data.
FLAC says 'Jury Service' report should include deaf and blind people
While the report expressed concerns over interpreters being present for jury discussion, FLAC have said that deaf and blind people should still be able to take part in non-criminal trials.
Want to be blindfolded - in the name of entertainment?
250 people will be blindfolded while at a fundraising event this month, which is being held to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration.
Three blind mice? New chemical helps sightless mice to see – US study
The findings offer hope of a treatment that could eventually help people who are blind.
Blind community to blitz Irish Rail with protest texts
Two staffers at Irish Rail are due to be inundated with texts about the poor quality of audible announcements on Irish trains.
Sight loss most common fear for the over-50s
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may not as well known as other eye diseases, but it is the most common cause of registered blindness in Ireland.
Vision chip helps blind people to see again
A pioneering new technology brings “the realms of science fiction” into the lives of people devastated by blindness.