Blindness Awareness Month

Every October, Blindness Awareness Month helps to raise awareness of the the blind and visually impaired community and the reality of living without sight. 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “everyone, if they live long enough, will experience at least one eye condition in their lifetime”. 

An estimated 2.2 billion people around the globe suffer from some form of visual impairment or blindness – including everyone who simply wears corrective lenses. 

It’s something to think about isn’t it?

Can you image how you would work, travel or even buy your groceries if you couldn't see?

Wouldn’t you like to know the places you visit and need to go have done all they can can to make the experience as easy as possible for you?

This is where we can help.

Our Access Audit can help you understand your obligations toward visually impaired customers and those with other disabilities under the Equality Act. It will help you to identify issues with access and sets out options you can use to remove these barriers.

You would be surprised at how easy this can be.

To help you this Blindness Awareness Month, here are five tips from us to help you look after your eyesight.

  1. Watch your sugar intake
    People with diabetes are 25 times more likely to develop blindness or visual impairment than non-diabetics.

  1. Wash your hands regularly
    We don’t realise how many times a day we touch our face and eyes, especially if we wear glasses or contacts lenses. Washing your hands can prevent the spread of bacteria, germs, infections and diseases.
  2. Wear sunglasses in Bright Light
    Protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays by wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.
  3. Monitor device time
    We are all guilty of spending too much time looking at screens, phones and monitors. To avoid straining your eyes, take a break from time in front of your electronic devices.
  4. Get them checked out
    Many eye disorders can be easily treated or even prevented through early detection; make sure you visit an optician regularly, even if you don’t think you have any issues. 

Contact us to find out more about our Access Audits.