Having sight loss but without a condition

Post date: 
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Photo of Leah in a garden

Quite often the general public do not understand how sight loss affects a person’s vision. Leah Caplan took part in RNIB’s How I See campaign which shows how people's experience of sight loss can vary greatly. Here, Leah highlights her rare situation.

"Hi, my name’s Leah, I am 18 years old and I am severely sight impaired.
"If someone passes me in the street or meets me for the first time, nine times out of 10 they would not notice that I am visually impaired. This is because there are no outward indications that suggest I cannot see very well.
"I can control where I move my eyes and even if there is just a silhouette to follow, I still look at people when I am talking. This leads people to think I do not have sight loss. But the reality is I have extremely blurred vision, almost to the point of seeing double.

"I do not have a specific condition that causes my sight impairment. I think it is very important to recognise that there are members of the visually impaired community that do not have a specific condition. For us, we do not have a “reason” for our sight and our struggle to see.

"My vision varies completely from day to day. One morning I might wake up and have very blurred vision, but then another day, I will have slightly clearer sight. Sometimes I will have quite an unstable day with my vision, but that can change to being very constant and stable at other points.
"For those people who do not have a condition to name, I think it does not make it any less valid, and it does not make it any less important to support those people."

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