Blindness is a many faceted problem. While this blog is essentially about macular degeneration it helps to know about different forms of eye disease. I caught this radio feature on the BBC’s World service, Singer and broadcaster Mônica Vasconcelos is slowly losing her sight. Originally from Brazil, she now lives in London. This is her talking about her adaption to losing her sight.

It raises several issues that are worth pondering, but first of all a note of warning although she is struggling with loss of vision it is nothing like the loss from macular degeneration. She has retinitis pigmentosa this is almost the polar opposite of macular disease loss in its affects.  (For more info about different forms of visual loss go to this post Blind people are not all equal).

Her relationship with a white stick is a running battle that is tied to her her brother who also has RP. She identifies most of the arguments for and against white sticks. It is a good listen, I highly recommend a few minutes of your time to learn from the coal face about coping and the challenges of the white stick. It lasts 50 minutes please click on the link below

 

 

Listen here

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04bfm4g