Would a cane be useful for crossing roads?

Hello everyone,

I was born at 25 weeks along with my twin sister and I have been having sight problems since then, I've had laser eye surgery twice when I was a baby, because of how premature I was and how too much oxygen was getting to my tiny lungs, I ended up developing Retinopathy of Prematurity from which severe myopia, cataracts, nystagmus and astigmatism have now developed from it, I am not blind but I have low vision and I find it hard to do a lot of things, I cannot drive nor I feel that I can do any work at all, I was speaking to a Sight Loss advisor from RNIB and she was very welcoming, she did talk to me about getting a white cane, but I thought to myself: "Why would I need a white cane if I can see quite a lot already?", I can only see through a pinprick of light, so tunnel vision is what I also suffer with as well, I have very little peripheral vision so I am going to the hospital's orthoptics clinic to get a visual field test to see if I meet the criteria for registration as partially sighted, but even if I don't believe I need a white cane, should I take it anyway and the mobility training that goes with it? I am having difficulty crossing main roads (only with no pelican crossings), I have been almost knocked down 4 times and it's scaring me a lot. I talked to my rehabilitation officer and she's happy to give me Orientation and Mobility Training along with a cane if I find I can use it, but I'm just wondering if people will judge me for using a cane? Do you think my friends would care?

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Reply to Tiziano's Boy by LelaPatterson

Hi there. Lela here. It’s always useful to have a long cane with you because it lets the community members know that you have a Vissual Impairment. A lot of people are often very supportive, so please don’t be afraid to ask for assistance if your struggling with navigating around your local area. Just do what feels right for you. Don’t worry about what other people think; sometimes there’s a lack of understanding about being a VI person and the challenges we all have to overcome. That’s why we have RNIB, an incredible charity which raises awareness of being VI. I’m really pleased that I have been presented with the perfect opportunity to volunteer for RNIB. It’s fun and it’s given me a lot of things to think about.