As part of RNIB’s #HowISee campaign, Connect community member Aneeba shares what it’s like to live with her rare eye condition.
Hi, my name is Aneeba and I’m 26 years old. I have a rare genetic condition called Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS), which affects 1 in 1,000 babies born in the UK.
The eye conditions I have as a result of this syndrome are nystagmus, cataracts and retinitis pigmentosa. Because of these, I can’t see colours or in the dark very well. I’m also sensitive to bright sunlight.
I’ve been registered blind since 2010, but I do have some useful vision as I have been wearing glasses since I was eight months old. I use a cane and wear my glasses daily, but only for short distances as I can focus better on things far away without them.
In addition to visual impairment, the most common symptoms people with BBS have include:
Extra fingers and toes
Hearing impairment, and
And with my own experience of having BBS, the other problems I have are:
High blood pressure
Mild kidney problems
Spondylosis (pain from a degenerative spine condition)
Weight problems, and
My extra fingers and toes were removed at birth.
I volunteer for RNIB in Birmingham as a Fundraising admin volunteer. Some of the assistive technology I use to help me includes a computer with ZoomText installed; additional desk lighting; and VoiceOver on my iPhone.
In my spare time I like to sing; listen to Talking Books; go for walks; and socialise with family and friends. I have an amazing network of people around me who are very supportive and understanding.